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Objectives

This wiki strives among other goals to:-

  • Teach scientific thinking, logical thinking and critical thinking, to improve thinking generally.
  • Present the atheist point of view.
  • Dispel myths about atheists.
  • Highlight the damage which religions can cause.
  • Show the world the damage caused by Religion.

Note; this Wiki says relatively little about Liberal Christianity because in the authors' opinion Liberal Christianity does relatively little harm.

Point of view

  1. This wiki does not have a neutral point of view.
  2. This wiki has a naturalistic or atheistic point of view.

It is unlikely that contributions supporting religion or superstition will remain in articles. Still editors may put those opinions into talk pages.

This wiki Supports Naturalism Philosopher Paul Draper, wrote that naturalism is "the hypothesis that the physical world is a 'closed system' in the sense that nothing that is neither a part nor a product of it can affect it." More simply, Naturalism denies there are real supernatural causes. Naturalism is therefore the direct opposite of supernaturalism as naturalism rejects the idea that supernatural events, supernatural forces, or supernatural beings are real.

(…) if a disease is caused by microbes, we can learn more about how microbes interact with the body and how the immune system can be activated to destroy them, or how the transmission of microbes can be contained. But if a disease is caused by demons, we can learn nothing more about how to stop it, as demons are said to be supernatural beings unconstrained by the laws of nature (unlike natural causes). Definition of Naturalism

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Atheism Basics

Atheism is defined as:

  • the state of not believing in a God or gods (deities).
  • knowing there is no evidence for gods and no reason to believe in them.

People often assume that atheism is a religion, which it is not.[1] Saying that atheism is a religion is rather like saying that not collecting coins is a hobby; atheism is in fact defined as the absence of religion and therefore cannot be considered a religion in itself. Atheists are often associated with scientific thinking and critical thinking, whereas religions demand belief without supporting empirical evidence. Scientists such as Richard Dawkins have shown how scientific thinking leads to disbelief in superstition and religion, thereby often leading to lack of religious belief generally, agnosticism and ultimately atheism.

The term "atheism" comes from the prefix "a", which means "not" or "without", and "theos", which means "God", hence "atheism" literally meaning "without God".

Beliefs

Atheism is a lack of belief in a god or gods, and from this atheists typically do not believe in any other supernatural forces or influences.

Morality

Atheism does not lead inevitably to any particular moral position, though Humanist morality is popular among atheists. Religious people (theists), notably Christians, frequently like to imagine that human beings only want to be moral if they’re afraid some supernatural father-figure will punish bad behaviour. Frankly, people are better than that. We've evolved so that we care about our relatives: we care about other people from our group, and we can care about humanity and about sentient beings in general. When others do well, we feel better ourselves, and when others suffer, we feel worse. Cultures with memes that encourage helpfulness survive better than uncooperative cultures, so we work to make our culture into a culture in which we and others can survive—or we work to maintain our culture in that way.

Atheism vs. Christianity

Do we need religion for ethical behaviour? How many immoral acts have been committed in the name of a particular religion or god? Some examples of this behaviour include the Inquisition, the Crusades, and more recently the murder of abortion doctors in the United States by fundamentalist Christians. So which is the better of the two ideologies below?

  1. Christian morality.
  2. Humanist morality.

Perhaps you will feel like reading the two articles before deciding.

Footnotes

  1. Some religions are/can be atheistic (Buddhism, Hinduism)

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