Myths about atheism.

(First, sorry for the deluge of blog posts all at once. I haven’t had the chance to blog much with the new job, and when I get home I’m either working on school work or have no interest to be on the computer [wish I could say it’s because I otherwise have a life 🙂 ].)

Debunking Christianity has (re?)-posted an entry entitled:

I chose to title my blog about it after the myths about atheism because I believe, at the moment, that that’s more important than disproving a faith (even though the first section deals with atheist beliefs as well). I think McCormick does a very decent job in describing (in generalities of course) the outlook most atheists have and many people often misunderstand, or worse, intentionally contort.

Some of the myths addressed include:

  • You can’t prove atheism. You can never prove a negative, so atheism requires as much faith as religion.
  • Atheism is bleak, nihilistic, amoral, dehumanizing, or depressing.
  • Atheists and atheist political regimes have committed horrible crimes against humanity.

Again, he provides snippet answers to these myths, and often quotes Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith. It may seem suspect to quote mainly from one source…but not when you consider most all atheist writers (e.g.: Harris, Daniel Dennet, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, John W. Loftus) all pretty much say the same thing as what they say is the ultimate result of reason and critical thinking.

That last statement could be taken as snide and demeaning…I assure you, dear reader, that’s not the intent. To put it another way, atheism is what Loftus (I believe it was Loftus) says is “the conclusion of last resort.” Meaning: it doesn’t matter what religion or faith you start with, Christianity, Hindu, Jainism, Scientology, if you start questioning and examining with a truly skeptical and critical mind, you will end up at atheism. Everyone is born an atheist; you get taught and indoctrinated into the respective religion of your parents. One has to learn a religion always and only by being introduced to some revealed knowledge stored in a book or scroll.

But atheism does not require any texts: Anyone anywhere can reach atheism on their own by simply examining and questioning and following the questions where they lead without fear or prejudice.