[QUOTE="duncancameron23"]Einstien said "If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed"
Micheal Shermer, in "The Science of Good and Evil" calls it a debate stopper. If you agree that, in the absence of God, you would "commit robbery, rape and murder", you reveal yourself as an immoral person. If on the other hand, you admit that you would continue to be a good person even when not under devine surveillance, you have fatally undermined your claim that God is necessary for us to be good.
Quoting Shermer should be a debate stopper, too. Isn't that the book where he argues 9/11 terrorists were brave men? Sickening.
Anyway, it's possible for an individual to be moral without God, but only in a society where God isn't completely ignored. If I rejected God today, my actions would still be affected by our Judeo-Christian laws. The question, then, isn't whether one person can be moral without a belief on God, but whether a whole society can do so. That's why it's essential that we don't cast out God from public life. Allow prayer in schools. Display those Ten Commandments in courthouses. Our survival depends on it.