I made this stamp in respond to many things I've discovered online within the past weeks.
I made this stamp because half of the internet seems to have totally no idea what atheism is.There are two popular definitions:
1. Atheism means lack of belief in a deity/deities
2. Atheism means a belief there is no deity/deities
I prefer the first one, since all atheists will answer the question Do you believe in a deity/deities
But the question Do you think there is a deity/deities
divides them. Some do think there is no such things. Some are agnostics. Some think something else.What atheism is NOT:
- lack of morality
Atheists have sense of moral just like everyone else. We don't need a deity to tell us what is moral and what is immoral. More to the point, I think this quote is pure win: "If you need a religion to be a good person, you are not a good person." (If you know who originally said that, please tell me)
- no sense of "good and evil" (with quotation marks since I passionately hate the entire concept of good and evil, or at least the version of it most people seem to think it means)
- hatred towards Christianity
Sure some atheists like to troll creationists and stuff, but that doesn't mean every single atheists hates Christians. Also atheism =/= antitheism.
- hatred towards religions in general
This is even more ridiculous than the preceding stereotype... I, for example, happen to find religion and mythology very fascinating subjects I like to learn about.
- "There's no god so I can what the heck I want no matter what others think!!"
We don't live to please a deity or to get to heaven/avoid going to hell. But that doesn't mean we don't take other people into account.
Yes, you can find atheists to who one or more of these stereotypes
apply to, but you can as well find theists who are guilty of similar if not same "crimes" - pedophile priests, people assaulting and even killing in the name of god, and "God hates [insert whatever you want here]!" -way-of-thinking people are just examples.
Anything listed above is not
intended as an attack towards theists!
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