Guide to Atheism & Agnosticism
What is atheism? Is it a religion? Are all atheists communists? What is the difference between atheism and agnosticism? Atheism is often misunderstood and even vilified; a better understanding of it, however, reveals that many of the attacks made upon atheism and atheists are based upon errors and mistaken assumptions.
Atheism and Atheists: Recent News
Curious about what has been going on with the atheism and atheists both in America and around the world? Atheism doesn't come up very often in the media, but that doesn't mean that there isn't anything to say or to report about. There are very regular stories involving atheists and atheism if you look closely.
Atheism shouldn't be a difficult concept to understand, but it does require some brief explanation as to the types of atheism that exist, whether atheism is a belief or a disbelief, and atheism's relationship with things like skepticism and reason.
If there is anything as misunderstood and misrepresented as atheism, it must be agnosticism. There are many misconceptions about agnosticism, agnostics, and the reasons why anyone would adopt a position of agnosticism in the first place. This is unfortunate, because whether agnosticism is conceived of as a philosophy or simply an isolated position on the existence of gods, it is eminently reasonable and defensible.
Attacks on Atheism
It isn't too hard to find people attack or criticizing atheism and atheists. There are websites devoted to it, people who write columns about it, and you can even find them in letters to the editor of many different newspapers. Very little of what you read there is justified. Occasionally, someone will make comments which fairly apply to some atheists, but it is very unusual to find attacks which fairly apply to all atheists or to atheism in general
The broader, and more common, understanding of atheism among atheists is quite simply "not believing in any gods." No claims or denials are made - an atheist is just a person who does not happen to be a theist. Sometimes this broader understanding is called "weak" or "implicit" atheism. Most good, complete dictionaries support this.
Questions About Atheism
Theists often have a lot of basic questions about the nature of atheism and about atheists themselves. This resource will address questions from both atheists and theists; the commonality is that everything here deals with atheism: what atheism is, what atheism is not, what atheism is all about, what atheists believe, how atheists and theists can relate, etc.
Advice for Atheists
People have a lot of questions about atheism and atheists, but such questions don't just come from theists. Atheists themselves have a lot of questions - not only about the nature of atheism and what other atheists think, but about how they should deal with theists, how to deal with telling others about their atheism, etc.
Myths and Misconceptions about Atheism
Are atheists communists? Do they hate God? Is atheism a religion? Are atheists just in denial? Do people become atheists in order to avoid admitting that they sin, or because of bad childhood experiences? These are just a few of the misconceptions people have about atheists. Read more about them and why they are not accurate.
Atheism & Society
Atheists live in many different societies, but those societies share in common the fact that most citizens believe in god(s) and are religious. How do atheists cope with theism among family, friends, and neighbors? How do atheists handle intrusions upon their religious liberty? Should atheists be politically active or should they keep quiet?
Index of short biographies of famous atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and other skeptics who have played an important role in the history of challenging and questioning traditional beliefs and religious dogma. Includes biographies of scientists, historians, philosophers, statesmen and more.
Recently Reviewed Books on Atheism
Atheism is often misunderstood and sometimes reviled - but it deserves neither. There aren't a great number of books which really do a good job at explaining what it is and help people to understand what it is about.
Reviewed Books on Secularism and Humanism
What are secularism and humanism? Is it possible for a person to live without religion? Is it possible to be moral without religion? Must society have a religion in order to maintain order? Are secularism and humanism superior to traditional religions? These questions and more are addressed in the books reviewed here.