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Investigating Atheism

Atheism is a hot word. Society has attached all kinds of negative meanings to it. It is unquestionable that saying you’re an atheist sounds like you’re accepting there’s something wrong with you. It should not be that way, but that’s the way it is. Thus the movement to try and re-brand us by either trying to change the public understanding of what atheism is or by using a brand new word, such as bright.¬† In the first camp I was introduced, just a few minutes ago, to a website I was not aware existed. The website in question is called Investigatingatheism.com

I was directed to this website via a posting on Richarddawkins.net, an excellent website itself, so I expect teh quality to be high at investigatingatheism.com as well. As I said, it was only a few minutes ago that I visited the site. I printed out lots of stuff to read on the subway, so I can’t tell you what my feelings about the website are until I’ve read whatever it has to say, but if Richard Dawkins suggests it, then it must be good (with a reasonable allowance for error/disagreement of course. Even Richard can’t be blindly trusted all the time!).

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May 1, 2008 - Posted by | Atheism |

5 Comments »

  1. Actually all you need to know about atheism is that it is the absence of a belief in God. Everything after that is just add ons.

    And the site? Well… it is like having a bunch of white people investigate the plight of black people… but MORE biased. They sort of ignore the whole point of truth value.

    Comment by Samuel Skinner | May 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. Actually Samuel, I don’t think it’s as simple as that. If you follow your logic, then theism is simply belief in God and the rest is just add ons.

    In real life however, these words carry more meaning than a simple, straight from Greek translation. They convey what you stand for, what is your moral philosophy, your values.

    Atheism has been successfully branded as something bad by those who oppose it. It is those wrong perceptions that atheist are now trying to address.

    One of such wrong perceptions is exactly what you said. The notion that “Atheist are simply people who don’t believe in God” implies that there is nothing else to be known about us. That is simply not true. You cannot know anything about someone, if all you know is what they DON’T believe. What does that tell you about what they do believe? Nothing.

    In our culture though, those add ons you are referring to are strictly tied in with the name “atheist” and they are mostly negative ones, fantasies of the religious. That is what we are trying to fix, cause it’s broken and it needs fixing.

    Comment by Skepdude | May 1, 2008 | Reply

  3. Uh… skeptic dude you first statement was.. ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! Theism IS only the belief in God! Theism doesn’t imply that you belong to a specific religion. However, the rest is not add ones like atheism because if you believe in God you have to belive in something about God. There are exceptions, but they are uniformly mocked (I’m looking at you Mike Shermer!).

    Everything else in your refonce is… all true. Dang, I’ve been on the internet too long- I get surprised when I realize that someone isn’t speaking nonsense when I search atheism on google.

    Comment by Samuel Skinner | May 3, 2008 | Reply

  4. Responce! Sorry about the typo.

    Comment by Samuel Skinner | May 3, 2008 | Reply

  5. […] up on “Investigating Atheism” A few days ago, I posted an entry called “Investigating Atheism” in which I directed readers to the Investigatingatheism.com website. At that time I had not […]

    Pingback by Follow up on “Investigating Atheism” « Skepdude | May 4, 2008 | Reply


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