The late British fantasy writer, Terry Pratchett, ended his book, Hogfather, with this interesting critique of materialist thinking:
Terry Pratchett’s publicly stated religious views were clearly atheist/agnostic:
“I think I’m probably an atheist, but rather angry with God for not existing.” In a 1999 interview he told Anne Gay, "I’m an atheist, at least to the extent that I don’t believe in the objective existence of any big beards in the sky. . .
As stated in the video do people really need to believe “lies” such as justice, mercy, duty, etc. even if they have no material existence?
If so, what is the difference between belief in these ideals and religious belief?