10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Atheism

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Set your stereotypes aside and get to know atheists all over again.

I’m a “big-tent” atheist, which includes whatever non-theistic labels people prefer: agnostic, humanist, secular humanist, freethinker, secularist, and more. This list applies to the whole tent:

1. The prefix “a” can mean “anti” or “non.” While some atheists are anti-theists, most are non-theists who have no desire to destroy religion. We don’t have a problem with believers until they try to force their beliefs on others.

2. Atheists are not necessarily protesters, though that’s how they are usually portrayed in the media. When they do protest, they protest government privileging of one religion over another or religion over non-religion.

3. Atheists are not angry at God (just as they are not angry at the Tooth Fairy), and most of us didn’t become atheists because something bad happened to us. We became atheists because we find no evidence for any gods.

4. Atheists are not less trustworthy just because we don’t believe in a judging God. Believing that of us only makes us think you would be untrustworthy were it not for your fear of God.

5. We can find joy without belief in God and an afterlife. We may not see any cosmic purpose of life, but we do find our own joyful purposes in life.
 

Written By: Herb Silverman
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14 COMMENTS

  1. Herb writes:

    1. We can find joy without belief in God and an afterlife. We may not see any cosmic purpose of life, but we do find our own joyful purposes in life.

    I am not a poet, but I would call that part of the survival instinct. Does the fly I’m trying to swat care about “cosmic purpose” , or does it just not want to be swatted ? I suspect the latter. There is no “meaning” in the fly’s life, anymore than there is in mine. But I sure as hell don’t want to die !

    As Richard has put it: “We are the lucky ones”.

  2. I freely confess to being an antitheist. I do want it all to just go away. Maybe if it did and mankind felt shivering and alone, humans might cling more to one another and have concern for suffering. As John Lennon wrote in “Imagine” – “a brotherhood of man.”

    Religion just gives people an excuse to “tribal up” even more and care for fewer and fewer of their fellow beings.

  3. not bad. but the prefix, “a” doesn’t actually mean against. it means without. i’m an atheist in the sense that i am without, or have no belief in god, but i am not against religion. i just think that religion should have no role or influence on public life. in other words, * do or think what you like as long as i’m not forced to *

  4. Here, Herb is wrong:
    ” . . . and most of us didn’t become atheists because something bad happened to us.”

    Something bad happened to all of us: We were born into societies compromised by ancient superstitions connected with obsessive obedience to authority.

    • i totally agree, we are all victims of religion in some way, even those poor misguided suicide bombers are victims of religion

      In reply to #8 by Chuck Johnson:

      Here, Herb is wrong:
      ” . . . and most of us didn’t become atheists because something bad happened to us.”

      Something bad happened to all of us: We were born into societies compromised by ancient superstitions connected with obsessive obedience to authority.

  5. ” We became atheists because we find no evidence for any gods.” I don’t think this is really accurate. I never became an atheist, I was born an atheist in secular Sweden, where up to 85% of the population are atheists and the rest do not really talk about their god/-s. I never even thought about any evidence for the existence of a god, since it mostly is a non-issue. Jesus has been a good story we tell around christmas (or as we say, Yule), just like the stories of Oden and Freja and Loki. I had no reason to assume that these characters were supposed to be real, and thus no reason to test any evidence. What I am saying is: Atheism is simply the natural state.

  6. Most atheists have read the bible as well as learned about science,philosophy ancient mythology ect.I believe that those are the main points that confuse people about what being an atheist really means.

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