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From the Free Press: A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions.
By - - YOUTUBE - DOGMATICCURE Added: Saturday, 29 January 2011 at 1:23 AM Via Friendly Atheist
The first incorrect assumption I would like to address is the topic of "belief": Atheism is a belief system. Atheism is not a belief system because there isn't anything we are "believing" that could be considered a "system." Atheism doesn't join people together in a common ideology like religions do because atheists share nothing in common, except their lack of belief in 1 specific thing.
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By RICHARD DAWKINS - RICHARDDAWKINS.NET Updated: Wednesday, 22 September 2010 at 9:18 PM - An RDFRS Original UPDATE: This text now appears on the Guardian's Comment Is Free site too, though the Guardian has not pointed out that this is the text that Andrew Brown misrepresented in his own piece. Click here to read the comments on CiF.
Go back a few hundred years, and atheism was very much a minority position. Those who were atheists would have been ostracized by society and possibly even killed (as in burned at the stake, depending on how far back you go). Fast forward to the present, and atheism is far less objectionable, and in some circles even the dominant view. In the new millennium, prominent atheists abound. One website, www.celebatheists.com , is even dedicated to listing celebrity atheists.