FAQ: Atheism

Posted: July 6, 2006 in Atheism, Other good sites, Religion

brain.jpgAtheism 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.

large-msg-113557003298-2.jpgDo Atheists hate religious people?

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?

Yes.

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.

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Comments
  1. tanithryudo.greatestjournal.com says:

    I believe in the Giant Flying Spaghetti Monster… does that mean I’m not an atheist anymore? T_T

    :p

  2. Scott says:

    That is a good FAQ. However; you said “Atheists believe God(s) is about as real as, for example, Santa Claus.”

    I think that Santa is more believable than a god. It could be possible to see some fat lunatic with a beard delivering presents to children. I of course don’t believe in either one, but a god to me would be ‘less’ believable than Santa!

    Scott
    🙂

  3. nosugrefneb says:

    Great post. Funny you should mention Santa Claus…http://nosugrefneb.wordpress.com/2005/02/27/ho-ho-ho/

  4. YOU MUST STUDY MORE!!!! ABOUT LIFE.. READ FIRST THE ENTIRE BIBLE……….. OBSERVE ALL THINGS HERE..

    IT IS VERY STUPID TO BELIEVE.. THAT GOD DOESNT EXIST…

    REMEMBER BIBLE IS ALREADY PROVEN TRUTH

    OF MANY EVEDENCES .. IT IS SO VERY SCIENTIFIC , AND MORAL BOOK THAN ALL…….. BECAUSE THE PROPHECY OF THE BIBLE WE CAN SEE IT NOW IN REALITY
    LIKE WHAT JESUS SAID IN

    And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for these things must needs come to pass; but the end is not yet.

    Matthew 24:6

    For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and earthquakes in divers places.

    Matthew 24:7

    for then shall be great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be.

    Matthew 24:21

    And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe.

    John 14:29

    I HOPE GOD WILL GIVE YOU A CHANCE IN THAT DAY

    ITS NOT YET TO LATE…

  5. AV says:

    HEY JAN MICHAEL

    IT MIGHT HELP YOU TO REMEMBER. THAT TYPING IN ALL CAPS DOES NOT MAKE YOUR ARGUMENT MORE CONVINCING.

    PLUS, USING BIBLE VERSES TO PROVE GOD’S EXISTENCE IS CIRCULAR REASONING. THE NEXT TIME YOU STOP BY THE CLUE SHOP, BE SURE TO PICK YOURSELF UP A HANDBOOK ON CRITICAL THINKING.

    ITS NOT YET TO LATE…

  6. only FOOLS believe that God doesnt exist! ohhh you Poor People… be prepare for the judgedment day!!

  7. Matt says:

    Righto. Got any actual proof for your statements, Jan?
    So far all you’ve done is skipped right past logic or evidence and gone straight for the self righteous statements.

  8. for YOU TO LEARN ASK THE MOST SENSIBLE PREACHER IN OUR TIME BROTHER ELI… ASK HIM ANYTHING VISIT HIS BLOG….www.esoriano.wordpress.com you can also debate him if you want thru his Podcast Friendly advice : be prepare get all your refferences before you ask him ….

  9. Matt says:

    Right. So from what I can gather, you’ve come here to post a link to some other blog and spout sound bites without any actual evidence or proper references.
    Excuse me if I fail to take you seriously.

  10. why you are afraid? isnt it?

  11. go debate our preacher… http://www.soriano.wordpress.com

    STOP POISONING OTHERS MIND!

  12. A little of common sense (which is common to my readers, but perhaps not known to this people who says that God is imaginary) will prove that this people are running out of tune and common sense. They asked: “What is the established truth when I used the law of estoppel?” The established truth, in their side, is this: They do not believe in the existence of God. God to them is imaginary. This is the established truth in their camp. Therefore, by estoppel, they do not have any right to use the words of God they are citing from the Bible because He is imaginary to them. Therefore, His words to them are also imaginary. Imagine, people saying God is imaginary, yet are using words coming from an imaginary God to deny His imaginary existence. Maybe this people are also imaginary. Because of this, we will be wasting our time dealing with imaginary people.

    When the Lord Jesus Christ promised that, in prayers, a believing Christian will be heard by the Father in heaven, and his prayers will be granted, He did not say anywhere in the Bible, that there is a timeframe that God will work His miracles. In fact, God’s promises in the Bible are expected by Christians, not only in this world, but in the world to come.

    (1 Timothy 4:8) “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”

    Even hunger and thirst being experienced by poor Christians will be alleviated, finally, in that which is to come.

    (Luke 6:20-23) “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.”

    Hunger, thirst, tribulations, and persecutions work together in a Christian to make him a better person, worthy to obtain eternal life in the world to come.

    (Romans 5:3-5) “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

    (Romans 8:28) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

    A Christian amputee will finally receive a glorious body in the resurrection when, at the twinkling of an eye, his mortal body will be changed to an immortal one.

    (1 Corinthians 15:50-54) “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

    These verses, (I am using them because I believe on the God who said them) tells us that there is hope in God’s perfect time for an amputee. These verses will erase any doubt on the person of a loving and caring God, in the mind of anybody who believes the Bible, and who understands the meaning of God’s word. Incidentally, not everyone that will read the Bible will understand the essence of God’s word.

    (2 Corinthians 4:4) “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

    (Mark 4:11-12) “And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

    That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.”

    When the Lord Jesus Christ said that-

    (Matthew 5:30) “And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”

    He, in essence, is saying that an amputee will attain eternal life wherein his mortal body will be changed

  13. Matt says:

    Right … I’ll waste my time wandering off and debating someone just on your say so, hm? If he wants a debate, he can come here. I, quite frankly, have better things to do.
    And again, quoting passages from the bible as evidence is circular logic at best – and therefore worthless.

    Try presenting actual evidence, please.

  14. if you want an evidence you visit my blog and read the article DISCOVERIES FOR YOU TO LEARN …. http://www.jamikez.wordpress.com

  15. Matt says:

    What discoveries? Your blog includes only rhetoric and claims that are not referencedor substantiated in any way. If you wish to claim that the scientific theory of evolution is wrong then you need to scientifically prove so.

    Until you attempt to do so, you are merely wasting everyone’s time.

  16. any way i will never waste my time here… this blog full o erronous.. believe… its better for you to sleep than to post a blog!!!

  17. Matt says:

    Interesting. I’ll assume by that statement you are not interested in any sort of debate but instead just around to spout rhetoric while leaving any actual evidence well alone.

  18. AV says:

    Interesting. I’ll assume by that statement you are not interested in any sort of debate

    No, debate is not on his agenda. Hysterical shrieking of Bible verses, yes. Rational debate, no. There is no rational debate to be had with someone whose ears are stuffed to the brim with the cotton-wool of his own kindergarten theology. If he returns, I suggest it will be time to sick the disemvowelling tool on him.

    In case you’re curious (though I assume you’re not), Soriano is a controversial Filipino fundie (who is currently facing rape charges, though that is neither here nor there).

  19. heyyy AV !!! you have any evedence!!! ? stupid idiot!!!

  20. heyyy! AV!! WANNA DEBATE ?!!! you better study more….

  21. thats only accusation… but no evedence until now beacuse is all invented by the false preacher… and stupid atheist!

  22. AV says:

    Jan:

    You have made it abundantly clear that you don’t want to debate. If you did, you might attempt to provide rational arguments in defence of your claims (and keep well away from the Caps Lock key), rather than alternately screaming bible verses and screaming ad hominems at your interlocutors.

    On Soriano: I only stated that he is facing rape charges. I didn’t claim anything more than that.

  23. AV says:

    BTW: earlier, you said (doubtless to the delight of all concerned). . .

    any way i will never waste my time here

    Why did you fall back on your promise? Doesn’t your bible take a dim view of those who bear false witness?

  24. Tati says:

    *comment content deleted due to blatant insulting text and attitude. I do insist that all commentators remain more or less civil, regardless of their views*

  25. GOD HIMSELF says:

    I am god and I created everything, this blog, the author who wrote this blog, and well….. basically everything. I created atheism just to entertain myself, much like the way I created reality tv for you humans to entertain yourself with the arguments. I also created Christianity so people would worship me because i have a low self esteem, but I have one question who created me?

  26. AV says:

    but I have one question who created me?

    You did. (Duh.)

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