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Myths on Atheism, Meaning, Morality: Atheists Lead Meaningless Lives

Theists who cannot defend theism or criticize atheism through logic or evidence are left attacking the alleged implications of atheism itself. Even if they cannot prove that atheism unreasonable, they hope to prove that the consequences of atheism are so abhorrent that no one will want to take the chance. Among the more popular targets are to claim that atheism leads to hopelessness and despair, that atheism makes life meaningless, or that atheism eliminates any reason to be moral.

Myth: Atheists Have No One to Thank When Feeling Thankful, Happy
Religious theists, and especially Christians, often seem to be giving public thanks to their god for one thing or another. Perhaps it is thus understandable that they would have trouble imaging that irreligious atheists who don't believe in any gods would have anyone to thank. The truth is, though, we do — it's just that we can thank the people...

Myth: Atheism Fails to Provide the Comforts of Religion, Theism, God
It's true that atheism does not dry any tearful eyes and does not relieve anyone's suffering. The problem with criticism of this lies with the fact that it inappropriately categorizes atheism as something which should be expected to dry tears and relieve pain. This is thus a myth because of the incorrect perception of what atheism is, what...

Myth: Abstract Concepts are Immaterial, Depend on God & Theism
Most atheists are materialists and naturalists, which means that they only accept the existence of a natural world made up of matter and energy. This means not believing in the existence of supernatural beings or anything not produced by matter and energy. For some strange reason, this gives some theists the idea that atheists must therefore be...

Myth: Atheists Have a God-Shaped Hole in their Hearts, Desperately Need God
The idea that we all have a 'God-shaped hole' in our hearts or lives which can only be filled by God's eternal love, but which many try to fill with temporary and material things, has become popular with Christians. Ultimately, though, it's just a rephrasing the traditional argument from instinct: we all have an instinctual need or desire to believe in God, but this instinct wouldn't exist if God didn't also exist. Therefore, God exists and we should believe. This is not a sound argument.

Myth: Atheists Can't Have Close Families, Close Relationships, Without God
The idea that there is anything about atheism which would prevent a person from being close to their family is bizarre, at least initially. Perhaps even most religious theists recognize that there is something strange about this position and that's why it doesn't come up too often; yet it does appear occasionally and is representative of other...

Myth: Atheists Can't Appreciate Love & Beauty, Can't Believe in Love or Beauty
A popular belief among religious theists is that the only way to explain abstract concepts like love and beauty is through supernatural beings like souls or their god. Thus atheists who don't believe in their god or perhaps in anything supernatural supposedly have no ability to even acknowledge the existence of love and beauty, much less...

Myth: Atheism Leads to Hopelessness and Despair, Atheism is Depressing
For many people, their religion teaches that their god gives them purpose in life and offers them something to look forward to after they die - something that is important because, so often, these religions teach adherents that their actual lives right now aren't of much value. Therefore, anyone who doesn't follow this religion and who doesn't...

Myth: A Consistent Atheistic Worldview or Philosophy is Impossible, Not Livable
Most myths about atheism focus on just atheism itself and misrepresent it by attributing qualities to atheism that don't apply. Here we have a slight step forward with a claim that at least involves beliefs beyond atheism — but it's still a myth because it attributes something to all possible atheistic world views. This is only possible by...

Are Atheists Hopeless & Sad? Atheism Does Not Lead to Despair…
For many people, their religion teaches that their god gives them purpose in life and offers them something to look forward to after they die. Therefore, anyone who doesn't follow this religion and who doesn't believe in their god must not have purpose in life and must not have anything to look forward to. What about you? Are you more happy or more sad as an atheist than you were as a religious t…

Myth: Atheism is Incompatible with Free Will and Moral Choice
Many religious believers, especially Christians, argue that their religion is necessary for a secure foundation for free will and moral choices. The point is to argue that atheism is incompatible with free will and morality.

Myth: Atheism is Incompatible with Morality and Values
Many religious believers, especially certain Christians, claim that the existence of their god is the only possible source for intrinsic values. Thus atheism entails denying objective values - including the value of human life.

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