Atheism is Broad and Misunderstood I think that atheism as a whole is greatly misunderstood by the religious community.

The first thing about atheism that theists should know is that it’s not a doctrine. It’s not an active belief. Atheists don’t share a lot of the same opinions on religion, as well as a variety of other topics. Here’s an analogy that might help someone understand:

Do you believe in unicorns? No? Do you actively hang around other people specifically because they do not believe in unicorns? Probably not.

Does every unicorn nonbeliever think that baseball is the greatest sport?
Of course not- they only agree that they don’t believe in unicorns.

Does every unicorn nonbeliever actively hate unicorn believers?

You see, atheists are quite the broad bunch. There’s no shared dogma or doctrine. The ONLY thing that you can know is the same between two atheists is that they do not believe in a god (which, by the way, is different from a belief that there is no god...but that’s for another post).

In a nutshell, the first thing theists should know about atheists is that they are not all the same in their atheism, and may have radically different opinions on organized religion, philosophy, and what type of candy bar is best.

1y ago
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The3rdSix
Experimental
@Swanchise16 Agree completely. People assume that because I don’t believe in a god, I’m incapable of understanding the concept of faith. They assume that I lack respect for religion or that I think less of those that hold religious beliefs. None of those assumptions are true. In fact, I admire those that can believe in a higher power with every ounce of their being. I simply can’t.
1y ago

Swanchise16
Intellectual Curiosity or Bust
@The3rdSix I find myself in a similar situation!

If people find happiness and comfort in their religion, and don’t harm anyone with their doctrine, then I’m all for it and glad for them.
1y ago

Sasha
Tough B
@Swanchise16 It’s great that you can respect other’s beliefs and traditions. That says a lot about your great character.
1y ago

KirsyNP
Knowledge is my motto
@Swanchise16 One thing I’ve always been curious regarding atheists- and I don’t even know the best way to phrase the question:
Is there something in particular that you think can make you change your mind? And another question do you believe in psychics?
1y ago

Swanchise16
Intellectual Curiosity or Bust
@KirsyNP I personally don’t believe in psychics, I view them in the same light I do astrologists- more of a pseudoscience that uses general predictions that can easily be true in order to validate it.

Honestly, proof would change my mind.

I was actually talking with a Catholic friend of mine last night, and she asked me the same question.

My answer was that, if I had a personal experience that I could repeat, that there was conclusive evidence in my eyes, then I would happily become a believer.

But the main reason I am atheist is because I cannot being myself to have faith. Belief without proof is a concept that causes me great inner turmoil, so I try to do without it in my life.
1y ago

Swanchise16
Intellectual Curiosity or Bust
@Sasha Thank you Sasha!

I used to be a lot more “Dawkinian” when I first realized I was an atheist, but over time I’ve grown to understand that, while many people have used religion to commit terrible atrocities, it is not in itself inherently bad.

Thus, I can see why people believe, and I admire that they can have faith in their religion and their god.
1y ago

KirsyNP
Knowledge is my motto
@Swanchise16 Thanks for your reply.
In my younger years, I belonged to an organized religion, and although I don’t assist to any religious service on a regular basis, I consider myself to be a believer.

And the reason I decided to believe are the same you mentioned in your last sentence. It would cause me a great turmoil not to.

But with time, I’ve reached the conclusion that we are here, alone, only having each other. To rationalize the uncertainty of this reality, we develop a belief that offers more comfort to our existence.

Believing in a being superior to us or in a set of rules that govern the laws of this universe are choices. But at the end, will it matter?
Aren’t we all pre-determine to face the same fate?

Too complicated.
1y ago

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