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notes:reasons_to_be_an_atheist

Reasons to be an Atheist

What Atheism Is

  • A viewpoint that no deities exist.
  • A viewpoint the rationalizes and incorporates evidence.

What Atheism Is Not

  • Satanism
  • The total absence of superstition, only the absence of deities.
  • The claim that god does not, or cannot exist.

What Some Atheists Practice

  • Secularism: A principle of separation between organized religion and religiously unaffiliated institutions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do you think happens to you when you die?
    • We cannot know what happens to us when we die. If you are asking this as a personal question; then “you” stop being “you”. Your body will become nutrients for microorganisms, and your thoughts will cease.
  • How can you be moral without believing in a god?
    • There are some basic “morals” that all intelligent life does practice. However, like all concepts, morals have evolved over time. Morals tend to serve as the average of what people would consider to be “appropriate” behavior. Laws attempt to further define moral actions. Since law does not take the views of all people into account, and attempts to avoid contradictory statements, law may not always serve to be the exact moral baseline. Although it is a fair resource to build one's own morals from. The bible did not create “morals”. Human's created the concept of morality, then attempted to enforce their morality through laws. We know this because laws have existed many years before the appearance of any religious scripture.
  • How do you have any meaning in your life without a god?
    • Just as you have meaning in your life without happiness. Some may:
      • See it their duty to make lives better for other.
      • Provide survival for their family and friends.
      • Learn enough about the universe so that they may prevent their death.
      • Or work towards a goal or a project before they die.
      • Others may live without a goal, and see living itself as meaning and enjoy what life itself has to offer.
  • Doesn't it take just as much faith to be an atheist as it does to be a believer?
    • No, faith is “trust without evidence”. Atheism requires evidence to support claims. If evidence cannot be provided for a claim, then no trust is attributed to it. In order to believe gravity exists, one needs evidence. Once enough evidence is available to make the reasonable assumption that gravity exists, it becomes part of one's world view. There is no faith in Atheism, only likelihood. Because there is no evidence for the existence of a god, there is significant assertion that a god may not, most likely does not exist.
  • How can you know that a god does not exist?
    • This question implies that an atheist holds the viewpoint that they are certain there is no god. Atheism only assumes that god may not exist. It is impossible to know that a god does not exist.
  • Isn’t it just better to believe in a god rather than risk the consequences in not having faith?
    • This is Pascal’s Wager in simple form:
      • If you do not worship the god of the bible.
        • Then you will burn in hell for all eternity.
      • If you do worship the god of the bible.
        • You may be eternally happy.
      • In this case, it is better for you to worship.
    • This is the Atheist’s Wager in simple form:
      • With the assumption that the god of the bible does not exist.
      • If you do worship the god of the bible.
        • Then you will waste very precious time you have experiencing life.
      • If you do not worship the god of the bible.
        • You will not waste time, and changes will occur from time better spent.
      • In this case, it is better for you not to worship.
    • This is the Argument of Assumptions
      • The god of the bible may either be forgiving, vengeful or not exist.
      • If forgiving, and you do not worship.
        • He will forgive you for not worshiping and nothing will be lost.
      • If forgiving, and you do worship.
        • He will have forgiven you if you didn’t worship, so time has been wasted.
      • If vengeful, and you do not worship.
        • You will be spared eternal damnation for not accepting other gods before him.
      • If vengeful, and you do worship.
        • You will be spared eternal damnation for accepting only him.
      • If god does not exist, and you worship.
        • You waste time worshiping.
      • If god does not exist, and you do not worship.
        • You gain time that would otherwise be wasted.
      • In this case, worshiping does nothing; as not worshiping has an equal or greater outcome.
  • Isn't atheism just a religion?
    • Religion is the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal god or gods. Atheism is the rationalization of experience through evidence that suggests a god may not exist. Saying atheism is a religion is like saying bald is a hair color.
  • Why do you hate God?
    • Atheists do not believe in the existence of a god. We hate god just as much as we hate Santa Claus. This question does not just deny our humanity, it denies our very existence. It assumes that atheists do not exist. That our non-belief is not sincere, that it is some sort of emotional trauma or immature teenage rebellion, that it is not genuine non-belief.
  • Have you read our scripture?
    • Yes. A cosmic Jewish zombie who was his own father, sacrificed himself to himself to change a rule he made. He can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and drink his blood, and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master. This is so he can remove an evil force he created present in every human soul because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat an apple from a magical tree he created. A force he did not eliminate by flooding the world after he told a man to gather a breeding pair of the worlds animals and put them on a wooden cruise ship built by hand.
notes/reasons_to_be_an_atheist.txt · Last modified: 2018/06/24 18:57 by soaringmoon