Atheism is possibly one of the most misunderstood belief structures on the planet. The number of misconception and flat out bizarre statements surrounding it is large indeed, thus this text is presented to try to straighten out some of these errors.
What do Atheists believe?
Atheists, simply put, believe there is no God or higher Supernatural based being who created life as we know and is watching over us. That covers God, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, etc … and even the Giant Flying Spaghetti Monster. In short, Atheists believe God(s) is about as real as, for example, Santa Claus. Apart from that, Atheists do not have anything really in common with each other.
Do Atheists worship the Devil?
Not only do Atheists not worship the Devil, we do not even believe he exists. You can not worship what you do not believe in, it’s pretty simple.
What is the difference between being an Atheist and Agnostic?
Atheists do not believe, Agnostics are not sure whether there is a God(s) or not. It is a fairly identifiable difference.
Why would they? Everyone is free to believe in whatever they like. Some Atheists might be disapproving, just like most people are who encounter someone who believes in clearly false bunk like Scientology, but it will be an extremely rare thing to find an Atheist who actively hates religion or religious people.
Is it depressing or worrying that there is nothing after this life?
Why would it be? There is no grand plan set down by God (simply because he doesn’t exist) and thus it is up to each and every one of us to find our own purpose in life.
Do you fear death if there is no Heaven?
Why would we? The only thing to fear in death, if for example Christianity is right, would be Hell. Since Hell does not exist (and neither does Heaven) there is nothing to worry about at all. Upon death, our minds shut down and that is pretty much the end of it.
Who are some famous Atheists?
There’s a lot of them. A pretty good list can be found here, with some notable people including: Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, David Atonborough, Marlon Brando, George Carlin, Albert Einstein, Bob Geldof, Agelina Jolie, and Sir Ian McKellon. Some quotes on the subject from equally famous people can be found here.
Where do Atheists get their morality from if they don’t believe in the Bible or other spiritual text?
Morality comes from the social contract, which acts in the best interest of any given community. This social contract can basically be boiled down to ‘treat others like you want to be treated and everything will be super’ and certainly existed long before any modern religions existed. Atheists arepretty good people, donating time and resources to charity just like any other person.
Why don’t Atheists believe in God?
Atheists are not an organised lot, there is no central Atheist movement, and thus there are a lot of differing answers to this question. Some do not believe simply because there is no proof or evidence for the existence of any sort of higher being. Some do not believe for they find the existence of higher being fundamentally illogical bordering on the non-sensical. In many ways, Atheists tend to follow facts and data rather than fairy tales, myths and legends.
Are you (the author of this FAQ) an Atheist?
If you want a more comedic perspective, there’s a passage in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which sums up the illogical nature of the possible existence of God quite nicely;
Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful [as the Babel fish] could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the nonexistence of God.
The argument goes like this: “I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”
“But,” says Man, “The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED.”
“Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t thought of that,” and promptly disappears in a puff of logic.