Introduction To Activistic Atheism. The core of Gora’s personal philosophy is the notion that the very nature of the atheistic position implies a proactive ethic.
Since no gods exist, if anything is to be accomplished we must do it ourselves. “Hallucinations and illusions are not facts useful for scientific investigation,” he says.  True morality, Gora says, is based entirely in the real world. “Because morality is a social necessity, the moment faith in god is banished, man’s gaze turns from god to man and he becomes socially conscious. Religious belief prevented the growth of a sense of realism. But atheism at once makes man realistic and alive to the needs of morality.”  The key element of Gora’s personal ethic is personal integrity. Gora based his ethic, in part, on Gandhi’s Satyagraha. Materialism and existentialism also played limited roles in Gora’s outlook.
Two things emerge from this aspect of Gora’s outlook: Secondly, we are free as long as we submit to the integrity of truthfulness. Ii. Assertive Atheism. Seriously!!
If you are deeply religious and incapable of handling criticism you are not going to like what follows! Go Away!! Since you have continued, you are either an Atheist, or someone who is very close to abandoning the last remnants of childhood religion and who is genuinely seeking validation for what they already know to be true, or another evangelical nutjob who didn't heed the first warning and who is actively seeking offense to justify their martyr complex. So, if you can't take a hint, the following questions will give you some idea of how unsuitable the content of this website is for your delicate senses. Do you believe: That the Earth is only a little over 6000 years old and that it was created in 6 twenty-four hour days? That the fossils were put in the rocks merely to befuddle poor dumb humans ?
That the ridiculous biblical creationism fairy tale is a correct and true account of how we got here ? That the human race started with only 2 fully grown humans ? Sorry. Atheism Central for Secondary School Students - Home page. Why be an atheist?
Letter to an atheist Why believe in God? NEW! The platypus and the theoaphonist Where religious power comes from Why do we exist? The Ladder of Deception The celibacy of priests and nuns Religion - the noble lie Absolute moral standards Atheist parent - church school Do animals have souls? Letter from Laura Letter from Dred Scott Letter from Thomas A secular Jew and a former Moslem write on atheism here and here. Tricks of the trade Wayne's World 13 Guest writers Monthly update Letter to an RE teacher 5 Sample essay answers Superman and Clark Kent Einstein Tolerance of religions A note on Islam Glossary of Terms My motives Links page E-mail email@example.com "Where knowledge begins, religion ends. " Ulugh Beg Viceroy of Samarkand 1410 -1449 I take my hat off to Ulugh - for most of history the religionists have murdered those who expressed such opinions - Atheism Central Edward O. Joseph Addison 1672-1719 Aristotle The unbelievers among the people of the Book (i.e.
Koran, Surah 98: ayat 6 Introduction. Atheistwiki - Arguments used against atheism. The ABCs of Atheism. Among the public, misconceptions about atheism and atheists abound.
To dispel all the confusion, I would have to write from now until kingdom come. Here, I'll touch only a few fundamentals. The difference between theism and atheism can hinge on subtle distinctions omitted here. For anyone interested in a detailed exposition, Michael Martin’s Atheism: A Philosophical Justification (Prometheus Press) is scholarly and thorough. George Smith’s Atheism: The Case Against God (same press) is probably better for the novice. The term “atheist” is correctly applied to anyone who doesn’t believe supernatural entities exist. The word loses some of its horror when hyphenated: “a-theist.” In personality, a cross section of atheists looks much like a cross-section of theists. Atheism has two varieties, sometimes called “weak” and “strong.”
In the “strong" variety, atheists try to show that one or more gods, as defined by the theists, don’t exist. The argument is astonishingly unobservant. The One Minute Case For Atheism. Atheism is the lack of belief Atheism is the lack of belief in the existence of gods.
It is not a belief system or a religion but the denial that supernatural beings exist. There are atheists with all sorts of philosophies and beliefs. You’re already an atheist Even if you believe in a god, you probably don’t believe in other gods – Zeus, Osiris, Jupiter, Thor, Allah or Jesus. The burden of proof is on the theist Can you prove that an invisible pink elephant is not floating above your head? By using reason and science, humans have been expanding our knowledge of the world. There are natural explanations for the universe What keeps flowers from turning into rocks, or rocks from floating in the sky? Morality does not need religion Religious texts can offer moral guidance, but they are not the source of moral principles.
Further reading. 3.4.1 Atheism: Evidence (Part 1) The Improbability of God. The Improbability of God by Richard Dawkins from Free Inquiry, Volume 18, Number 3.
Much of what people do is done in the name of God. Irishmen blow each other up in his name. Arabs blow themselves up in his name. Imams and ayatollahs oppress women in his name. Celibate popes and priests mess up people's sex lives in his name. Why do people believe in God? So ran Paley's argument, and it is an argument that nearly all thoughtful and sensitive people discover for themselves at some stage in their childhood. What do all objects that look as if they must have had a designer have in common? This is not a circular argument, by the way. Of all the trillions of different ways of putting together the atoms of a telescope, only a minority would actually work in some useful way. We can safely conclude that living bodies are billions of times too complicated -- too statistically improbable -- to have come into being by sheer chance. Eyes and wings cannot spring into existence in a single step. New atheism. New Atheism.
Now with In-your-faceness! New Atheism (also known as Atheism, Militant Atheism, Fanatical Atheism, Extremist Atheism, Fundamentalist Atheism, Evangelical Atheism, Devil Juice and Devil Seed) refers to the carbonated beverage used by militant atheists and other fellow communists to modify the brain structures of children with the intent of making them hate America, in order to achieve their goal of repopulating the New USSR. New Atheism's formula contains in-your-faceness (sodium facialide), a flavor which some consider refreshing and others describe as offensive. Critics of the new soft drink prefer Atheism Classic because it came in small, ignorable containers.
New Atheism can also refer to the avalanche of new books (nearly 500 at the time of this writing....wait make that 501) that have come out in the last several hours. Edit Consequences A bewildered town asks a stupid question. The primary goal of New Atheism is to make people hate America. Edit The New Atheists. New Atheism. New Atheism is a social and political movement in favour of atheism and secularism promoted by a collection of modern atheist writers who have advocated the view that "religion should not simply be tolerated but should be countered, criticized, and exposed by rational argument wherever its influence arises.
" There is uncertainty about how much influence the movement has had on religious demographics, but the increase in atheist groups, student societies, publications and public appearances has coincided with the non-religious being the largest growing demographic, closely followed by Islam and evangelicalism in the US and UK. New Atheism lends itself to and often overlaps with secular humanism and antitheism, particularly in its criticism of the indoctrination of children and the perpetuation of ideologies. History Major publications These are some of the significant books in the field of New Atheism: Prominent New Atheists Other prominent New Atheists Atheism. Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is the absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheism is contrasted with theism, which in its most general form is the belief that at least one deity exists. The term atheism originated from the Greek ἄθεος (atheos), meaning "without god(s)", used as a pejorative term applied to those thought to reject the gods worshipped by the larger society.
With the spread of freethought, skeptical inquiry, and subsequent increase in criticism of religion, application of the term narrowed in scope. The first individuals to identify themselves using the word "atheist" lived in the 18th century. Arguments for atheism range from the philosophical to social and historical approaches. Definitions and distinctions Range Implicit vs. explicit Positive vs. negative Concepts. Truths For Mature Humans. Atheism - Investigating Atheism. Atheists of Silicon Valley: Humor Page. Atheism Central for Secondary School Students - Home page. Why be an atheist?
Letter to an atheist Why believe in God? NEW! The platypus and the theoaphonist Where religious power comes from Why do we exist? The Ladder of Deception The celibacy of priests and nuns Religion - the noble lie Absolute moral standards Atheist parent - church school Do animals have souls? Letter from Laura Letter from Dred Scott Letter from Thomas A secular Jew and a former Moslem write on atheism here and here. Tricks of the trade Wayne's World 13 Guest writers Monthly update Letter to an RE teacher 5 Sample essay answers Superman and Clark Kent Einstein Tolerance of religions A note on Islam Glossary of Terms My motives Links page E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org "Where knowledge begins, religion ends.
" Ulugh Beg Viceroy of Samarkand 1410 -1449 I take my hat off to Ulugh - for most of history the religionists have murdered those who expressed such opinions - Atheism Central Edward O. Joseph Addison 1672-1719 Aristotle The unbelievers among the people of the Book (i.e. Koran, Surah 98: ayat 6 Introduction. Atheist Fundamentalists. I am prothelsized to constantly by atheist friends, both on Facebook and in my life, things I never do – I am told that they are doing this as some form of protest for equality. Yet, these very same people take offense to anyone putting up anything religious on their Facebook page.I had an atheist friend say to me he was insulted and angry that religious people/colleagues no longer wanted to talk or debate with him – when his intent in his own words ‘was to tear them a new a-hole!’
Sounds like you need new ‘friends.’ And your friend who is “insulted” by a lack of debate sounds like he might be a jerk. Or, he’s just very outspoken, likely about non-theistically-oriented things as well? Which would obviously be a character trait rather than a dogmatic one. And did it ever occur to you that all the atheists you know are in-your-face about their atheism because you don’t HEAR from the ones who aren’t?
I have to disagree again. “I don’t think all humans are bad. Introduction To Activistic Atheism. 1. What Is Atheism? A. Regular Atheism. i. Vilifying One-Fifth of Humanity. ii. Iii. . (1) Strong Compared To Weak. (2) Definition Compared To Position. (3) Claims versus "Deep" Reality. (4) Summary. iv. . (1) Historical Precedence for the Weak Definition. (2) The Meaning of the Word Atheism. (3) The Meaninglessness of Word Meanings. (4) Advantage Through Inclusiveness. (5) Who Prefers the Strong Definition? (6) When Theism Even Crosses Our Minds. v. . (1) The Case for the Strong Position. (2) Liberal Scientific Method and Philosophical Inquiry. vi.
B. I. Ii. . (1) Faith as a Product of Evolution. (2) The Theist Has Reasons to Believe. (3) The Atheist Who Wouldn't Evangelize. (4) Standing Our Ground. (5) Conclusion. 2. A. B. C. D. E. F. G. I. Ii. Iii. H. I. 3. A. B. C. D. E. I. . (1) Begging the Question. (2) False Dichotomy. (3) Straw Man. (4) Reductio ad Absurdum (Slippery Slope). (5) Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc (False Cause). (6) Non Sequitur (It Does Not Follow). (7) Faulty Analogy. (8) Equivocation. ii.
Iii. Iv. The Out Campaign - Welcome. Positive Atheism's Big List of Quotations. Ebon Musings: The Atheism Pages. The Myth of Militant Atheism. Nine bullets fired from close range ended the life of Salman Taseer last month, making the Pakistani governor the latest high-profile victim of religious violence. Taseer had the audacity to publicly question Pakistan's blasphemy laws, and for this transgression he paid with his life. Taseer joins a list of numerous other high-profile victims of militant religion, such as Dr.
George Tiller, the Kansas abortion doctor killed by a devout Christian assassin in 2009, and Theo Van Gogh, the Dutch filmmaker whose provocative movie about Islam resulted in his being brutally murdered in 2004. With this background, it is especially puzzling that the American media and public still perpetuate the cliché of so-called "militant atheism. " We hear the disparaging term "militant atheist" used frequently, the unquestioned assumption being that militant atheists are of course roaming the streets of America. But this reflects a double standard, because it seems to apply only to atheists. The Founding Fathers are tired of your bullshit.
How to Promote Atheism With Almost No Effort. So you think atheism is worthwhile, do you? You'd like to see more people abandon religious delusion and embrace reality, huh? You'd even like to see atheism become the norm in your country, wouldn't you? Okay, prove it. What if I told you that you could promote the atheist meme (i.e., there probably aren't any gods) without even having to leave your home? What if you could do it from where you are sitting right now, without having to spend a dime, and with almost no effort whatsoever? Whenever you run across atheist-oriented content on the Internet that you like, give it a thumbs up in StumbleUpon, submit it to Reddit, re-tweet it in Twitter, or promote it in whatever way you usually promote content you like.
Here's how I look at it: I am not paying for most of the stellar atheist content I enjoy each and every day on the Internet, so the least I can do is to promote it. Photo credit: Weezie’s Birthday Ballooning (Richard Giles) / CC BY-SA 2.0.