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“So you have not God anymore?
“No. Man. Certainly not. If there were God, never would He have permitted what I have seen with my eyes. Let them have God.”
“They claim Him.”
“Clearly I miss Him, having been brought up in religion. But now a man must be responsible to himself.”
“Then it is thyself who will forgive thee for killing.”
“I believe so. Since you put it clearly in that way I believe that must be it. But with or without God, I think it is a sin to kill.”
From For Whom The Bells Tolls by Earnest Hemmingway