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Readers Respond: Most Atheists & Agnostics are Clear about the Meaning and Purpose in their Lives

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From the article: Atheists & Purpose

Can you claim to be clear about the meaning and purpose of your live? Do you generally feel at peace in your life? If the surveys are accurate, it would appear that Christians are at least more likely to feel at peace than atheists or agnostics and might be more likely to feel clear about the meaning and purpose in their lives. Do you think that's true and, if so, what does it mean?

Educating Christians

My purpose in life is to educate as many Christians as possible about the History of Christianity. I now teach two college courses with that title and have had a good response. The response most students have is "I didn't know that." about such things as the crusades and the inquisition. They seem happy to be enlightened. Of course, I remain neutral and they do not know my belief or they would not attend.
—Guest Ralph

I know my purpose even without the bible

I lost my faith a while back just simply by reading the bible and watching the news. I havn't been to church or done much with christianity for a little over a year. I know my purpose in life is to be a loving father and husband to my children and wife. Careers and money come and go. I don't define myself by what job I do or what everyone else thinks of me. I love waking up in the morning and seeing the sunshine, taking in a deep breath of morning air, hearing my children laughing and playing, giving my wife a kiss. I know I feel more love and mercy towards my fellow human now that I don't go to church. I don't judge people as much, I try to treat each person as an individual not as a lost soul that needs saving. If I can bring a smile to someones face or make them laugh along with everything else I mentioned, I know that is my purpose in life.
—Guest Aaron

What is Purpose?

Does purpose have the same meaning for atheists and theists? As an atheist, I make my own purpose for life. Is a theist's only purpose in life to make it to heaven? My purpose is to live life to the fullest, without hurting others and to make others' lives as pleasant as I'd like my life, regardless of whether there is a heaven or hell. Do theists only have the purpose to try to make it to heaven, and is everything the theist does meant to work to that end? It seems atheists are equating "motivation" to do good with a purpose in life. The motivation isn't necessarily the purpose.
—Guest Daniel

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