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My Views As An Atheist
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My Views As An Atheist

I am not what you might call a 'militant' Atheist; I don't go around burning Bibles or picketing church gatherings. I do however totally deny the existence of 'God'. Even as a child, before I was taught about evolution or had heard of the big bang theory, I considered the concept of a creator to be somewhat illogical. I have always been unwilling to accept anything that cannot be definitively proven; I've never believed in ghosts or psychics / mystics or anything of the kind. I must add though, that I do believe in aliens. Maybe not 'aliens' as they are often depicted in films or on TV, but I do believe that other life does exist in the universe.

Obviously, the topic of religion is vast and the arguments for and against are many, so I will stick to my own personal views for this piece.

Man will never truly understand how or why our world was created. For me, the big bang theory seems the most plausible and as such, is the theory that I choose to believe. The whole concept of religion seems totally illogical to me. There are many different religions and many variations on them. Each religion has its own text, which brings me to my main point:

If the world was made by one creator, why are there so many different religions and religious texts? There are some religions that are comparable and it could be argued that they are different interpretations on the same evens. On the other hand, some religions are not comparable at all; if you were to look at Christianity and Hinduism for example, there are very few similarities. How could this be? In my opinion each culture devised a text to promote morals. The text was based on stories that had a moralistic message, almost like fairy-tales. How this spiralled into daily worship and self-limiting behaviour, I have no idea.

If you look at some of the more recently born variations, (Mormonism for example) some of the fundamental messages have been changed in order to allow its believers to lead a different lifestyle. Surely this is somewhat hypocritical, changing the rules as you see fit? It's lunacy.

I think that 'faith' mainly relates to man's hope that there is some form of life after death. Religion promises eternal life to its followers, in the form of heaven or reincarnation (or something similar). A person will attach themselves to a faith that will cause the least disruption on his or her life, and yet will still promise them an afterlife. When we accept that death is the end, religion will become redundant. It is fear that drives it.

As an Atheist, I am aware of my own mortality. I am often asked that without faith, does life not seem futile? Well no, it doesn't. I can leave my mark on the world, even it is only a tiny smudge, my mark will have been made. Atheists are sometimes perceived as immoral, but I would consider myself to be a generally 'good' person; I treat people as I wish to be treated, I am tolerant of everyone (with the exception of ignorant people) and I offer my help if I see someone in need. I may not be perfect but I try to lead a good life, I do not need to attach myself to a particular belief system to know right from wrong. The only difference between myself and a Christian say, is that I accept that death will be the end for me. Not being religious does not automatically make a person 'bad', just as having a faith does not mean that a person is 'good'.

Some intolerance is actually born from religion, most notable is the persecution of homosexuals. Somehow, by being attracted to members of the same sex, homosexuals are seen as immoral and even 'evil'. A lot of religions deny the fact that homosexuals are born as they are, and believe that they choose to act as they do. It is this narrow-mindedness that repulses me about religion. Why would someone choose a life of exclusion and persecution? The simple answer is that they wouldn't.

In my opinion, religion has no place in modern society, we have evolved to the point where it is not necessary. If anything, it is becoming a hindrance. We need to teach future generations about morals and about tolerance in other ways. We need to detach ourselves from deities and show our children, through our own actions, how to be 'good'. We also need to accept that death is the end and enjoy our lives for what they are. I wouldn't call this Atheism as such, more 'realism'.


Street Talk

John Heim  

this wasn't as easy of an idea as i thought it would be. I had difficulty because I had used quotes from your original post in my article. My article kept getting rejected because it said I was copying text from another online source, which I was but referencing it. So i had to paraphrase your quotes and i think the article lost something because of it.

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  about 8 years ago
John Heim  

Ok, I'll keep that in mind, just writing a response article now.

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  about 8 years ago
John Heim  

Hi, would you be interested in continuing this discussion (not argument or flaming) by bouncing responses through articles back and forth?

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  about 8 years ago

Wow, I had totally forgotten about this article. It is not my best work, I must admit. I would be interested in a discussion through articles, although I'm not sure I'd be happy using this piece as the starting point. My views now are very similar to those expressed here, however, I don't feel like this article was particularly well written or explained.

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  about 8 years ago
John Heim  

Which article would you prefer to start with. I'm open. I don't know if you've checked out my profile but want to be upfront that my views are very different from yours. But I love to have my own beliefs challenged, it keeps me growing and thinking.

  
  about 8 years ago

I guess we could start with this one. If you write a reply, I'll read it and we can go from there. I'm interested to hear your views, and will write better if given some talking points. Cheers.

  
  about 8 years ago

In your reply, I would appreciate it if you took my use of the word 'believe' with a pinch of salt. As I said, this isn't very well written, hence why I'd forgotten about it. In the text, when I say that I 'believe', I actually mean that I expect it to be true, not that it definitely is.

  
  about 8 years ago
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