HonorAndStrength there are books like that, codes of ethics, manuals, rule books etc. We have laws. The rule of, do no harm, which JS Mill and others write about, and oaths that people take. The problem is, I don't think everyone has the mind capable of understanding morality beyond the words. The Christian bible saved humanity from destroying itself simply because, people were afraid to go to hell so even though they didn't believe a word in the bible, there was the carrot and stick approach. How exactly are you going to enforce a book on morality or on codes of conduct? No man is powerful enough to do it, you'd need aliens or something higher to enforce the rules. If laws are invented they can be changed and will constantly be broken, but people are afraid of an eternity in hell. Even the most ruthless individuals fear burning in hell forever. I'm not saying the bible metaphors were ever designed to be taken literally, but if you act hellish you do invent hell on earth. The question is, if God is removed, what about Satanism? Wouldnt Satanism become much more popular if God become less popular? I don't think religion is ready to die because humans are not a moral species yet. We are still morally insane. Some of us have natural empathy, but thats a minority not the majority. Most people if they don't have God, will simply turn to Satan, and Satanism, and how exactly would this be any better? All the time you athiests spend on attacking God, why not attack Satan? You'd get the pro-God crowd on your side. If you are going to attack religion, why not attack "organized" religion, and then you'd get just about everyone on your side. Why attack "God" and not "Satan". It gives athiests the image of Satanist, and the other reason is, most Satanists are athiests, so it really does not help your cause to be associated with Satanism.