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Atheist Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Atheist Stamp by Kezzi-Rose

Atheism: the absence of belief in deities.

Respectfulness: Recognising that freedom of speech & thought isn't a reason to dictate what others should/shouldn't believe.

      It feels a bit strange making this, because to me 'atheist' isn't really a necessary title - no more so than referring to yourself as a 'non-architect' if your profession isn't in architecture, for example. The name only really exists to distinguish us in our generally-religious society, and I hope that most atheists try to be as respectful as possible to religious people who are non-offensive with their ideas (and vice versa). I feel atheism can be misunderstood sometimes, having witnessed and come up against a lot of stigma about it, so I created this to explain a few things from my personal point of view!

      There can be negativity surrounding atheism, and I totally agree that some can be very offensive with their thoughts about religion. As with all strong viewpoints it can be the rudest who are loudest, and perfectly well-meaning religions are also often misrepresented by aggressively outspoken individuals. In a lot of cases it's down to the kind of person they are, rather than what god they do or don't believe in.
      The most common form of atheism is agnostic atheism, whereby a person does not believe in god(s) but acknowledges they cannot be entirely disproved. We understand that absence of evidence doesn't = 
evidence of absence. Without meaning to sound rude at all, it's just as difficult to prove there isn't a giant invisible polkadot space octopus floating around that controls our dreams - since if the universe really is infinite, technically nothing can be fully dismissed! I personally don't condone asking believers for 'proof of God' though, because I know their faith is enough for them - they don't need to justify it any other way to others - but that's what you see disrespectful atheists doing.
You can also be an agnostic theist: which is to believe in god(s), but also acknowledge they can't truly be proven to exist.
Gnostic theists/atheists, on the other hand, assert that they know there is/isn't a god.
There is another term that many non-religious people use: apatheism, which is the state of not caring whether or not deities exist because the answer doesn't affect their life as they live it anyway.
      I'd say that makes me an apatheistic agnostic atheist! c:

Some points about atheism:
  • Atheism is no more a religion itself than 'not skiing' is a hobby. It isn't a set of beliefs, there is no doctrine, we don't have 'atheist prophets' (in fact a lot of us think people like Richard Dawkins, who just condescendingly insult religion, are prats) and it doesn't define a way of life or thinking. This is why 'atheist' is more of an adjective than a noun (to me anyway) - atheism isn't an organised group of people like religions are.

  • Atheism ≠ 'anti-religion': even if some atheists are against religion, that's not what defines us.

  • You don't have to be atheist to be a keen scientist or agree with scientific theories, and doing so doesn't make you atheist. Many people happily accept scientific ideas into a religious world-view, and many scientists are religious! Science and atheism just tend to go hand-in-hand because it provides the alternative explanations which sit better with a non-religious view of our existence: and there's no such thing as 'Religion vs. Science' anyway! The scientific method only tries to find out what we can about the physical universe, it doesn't actively seek to destroy religious ideas.

  • Atheism (or at least agnosticism) is the most common standpoint among my generation in the UK, so I probably feel more free to speak about it than somebody living in a more religious society. Always bear in mind how different social norms can be!

Some common misconceptions answered:
  • "Atheists lack morality." We may not follow any doctrine, but as humans we are all generally bestowed with basic common sense and a moral compass. I don't think anybody needs a book or regular sermons to tell them that unkindness, theft and killing are wrong - this seems obvious, but it's incredible how many times I've been called 'immoral' on the basis of my atheism by people who know nothing else about me.

  • "Atheists are just scared of God." We can't be scared of something we don't believe in. This is the same as accusing a Christian of being afraid of the Norse god Thor, on the basis that they don't have faith he exists.

  • "Atheists aren't living for anything." Faith isn't all there is to life: separate factors govern our well-being, motivation and happiness. I, like many, just don't personally have a space for religion to fill - and we're no worse-off for that. I'm living for myself, my friendships, and all the wonderful things to experience on Earth!

  • "Atheists need to be saved/prayed for." This is an opinion some devoted religious people may hold very strongly, and I can see how it's well-meaning - but as it's not at all what we believe, it can feel like you're being condescending or trying to dictate how we should live and think. Please refrain from trying to force an atheist round to your personal views if they make it clear they don't want you to - but if you really want to pray for them because it puts your mind at ease, feel free to do so privately. Telling an atheist "I'll pray for you" can come across as passive aggressive or patronising, even if not intended!

      Everybody thinks in a completely individual way, holds their own opinions, and is fulfilled by different things. Our actions as people and the way we treat others define us far better than our beliefs, so judging someone purely on their faith or lack thereof is something I'll never condone. I fully accept that some people feel happiest with faith in their lives: and I wish more people, both atheist and religious, could understand the fact that religious beliefs are deeply personal so should neither be attacked nor imposed upon others.

      I personally love seeing people made happy and fulfilled by their religious and spiritual beliefs, even though it's different to what fulfils me :love:

      To sum up, I doubt atheists would feel like they needed a voice at all if it weren't for the fact religious extremists sometimes stand in the way of progress and cause discrimination/violence in the name of their god(s), or if we didn't come up against the above kinds of stigma just for not believing in deities. In the broadest sense, all secular-thinking atheists like me really care about is improved knowledge, free-thinking and fairness in the world: you can be religious and want exactly the same of course!!

Thanks if you read all of this, and please feel free to ask questions!
This Wiki article has even more info on atheism, and why people choose to be atheist.

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EquineLullaby Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the best explanation i have found yet. 
around here i usually use the term Nondenominational
which is basically synonimous with agnostic atheist. (It techinally means not part of any religion)
for some reason people take it it better then the term atheist
animecute-girl Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I'm an Atheist ^^ but I always support religious people,as long as they don't force me to believe in god -_-
Phony-Prince Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Using! <3
The-Del-Bel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
I'm Christian, and I'm cool with atheists, as long as they're respectful. :)
archwings99 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm christian and I respect atheists who AREN'T trolls. I've known some nice atheists.
Ceabriella Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I'm a respectful athiest so i'm not troll c:
I respect every religion.
archwings99 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Okay. Thanks!
rainbowdash72 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes me too
archwings99 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
rainbowdash72 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tasty-Liquorice Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you i'm using it!
fly--by-night Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Student
I don't know what religion I am honestly. I feel like there could be a god(s) out in the universe, but I don't think that humans have the power to discover such thing. I've always had this thought, and I call myself an atheist, but I'm open to new ideas, and I respect people's need/want/feeling to pray, and I completely respect someone's beliefs, as long as their not rude or forceful about them. :< Help?
K-I-N-G-S-T-O-N Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man you are same as me. I feel like there is something watching over us, but I don't think it's any of the religion because I mainly think humans are just simple live beings, not magical or whatever, so there is no such things as Gods. People made them.
ZodiacSpaceAdopts Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Sounds like you're more Agnostic, my friend! ^w^ 
Tyr-Opfer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
I try to be modest, but when talking to other atheists about religion and the problems from it we usually end up laughing to tears.
Thank you for doing this! Totally using it ^^
Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure, thanks for using! :la:
Darkkairo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Student General Artist
Dokjo-the-deerclops Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Student Filmographer
we still respect you u.u
KL0N0A Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm atheist and my boyfriend is Christian and we get along just fine uwu
Hates-olives Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
I'm a Christian, and I'm fine with non-bashing atheists.
flutteringpie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am a respectful atheist to an extent. If someone believes in a god, fine. That's OK. But if they try to force it onto me, are unpleasant to me, or say that my life is meaningless because I don't believe in 'Him', than I'm sorry, but IMO, their belief is not worth respecting.
Tyr-Opfer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
Well religion is kinda the worlds longest running comedy routine. Making atheists laugh since......... Far, far to long.
hawkwing22 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
This is nice, I got bullied in school once (people put a bunch of religious items in my locker) because I said "If there was a heaven" instead of "if there is a heaven." It's amazing how offended people get over one little word.
KinzelRoxArt Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a respectful Christian and I love this stamp cause it makes people aware that not everyone is out to get people with different beliefs! 
Flutttershykindness Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i didnt know what an atheist meant
until my good friend went

i broke down at that point
but i tried to manage a smile
Exo : Crying Kai 
drn1234 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Im very sorry your friend said that to you, *hugs*
CaptainMockingjay42 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice! I liked reading your points. 
Maggiekitten101 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm an atheist will respect your beliefs unless you try to cram yours down my freaking throat. I go to a catholic school (long story) and I've had several people try force their beliefs on mine
Midnight-Amethyst Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
found you ovo
Maggiekitten101 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hai XD
Tyr-Opfer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
Been there done that, after awhile i found it amusing though.
CassiWWF Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You seem like a lovely human being then. :D
Maggiekitten101 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heh, thanks :)
Link4080 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
you've got my respect
LunaMatsu Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Although I'm a Christian, I believe Atheists have the full right not to believe in God. If I have the right to think Jesus exists, then they have the right to not believe in any God. It's their opinion.
flutteringpie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm an atheist, and I honestly don't care if you believe in a god. As long as you're not shoving it in my face, that's fine. It's just the Christians that don't respect others opinions that get to me. You're one of the nice Christians, and for that, I respect you :)
onyxcarmine Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
Love this stamp La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la 
Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :dummy:
Unprotected-Hamster Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Student Artist
Actually, most atheists are decent. Those militant types you see on the Internet that do nothing but go around telling theists that God, heaven, hell, etc don't exist aren't true atheists, they're just closed minded and/or trolls. (
Most likely the latter)

i see these people on Yahoo Answers all the time. And as, you know, militants of ANYTHING are annoying, not just atheists/theists
Skullkittenz21 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Welp, I'm now an atheist, and I agree that not all atheists are disrespectful.
sonougesupporter112 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015
This is pretty cool, nice job haha. I've had those accusations and points made to me as well. The one I hate the most is that we have no morals, even had someone say it in a debate once. I usually just respond with something along the lines of "If the only thing stopping you from murdering, stealing ect, is the threat of eternal suffering, that says more about me than you."
PervertBunnies Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Well I am neutral then.
Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015   General Artist
I'm atheist and I've got no problem with most religious people. The ones I DO take issue with are the ones who scream of hellfire *cough WBC*, shove their religion down others throats, and/or use their beliefs to deny rights to people. *Ex: anti gay religious people etc*

But the rest, if you're religious and don't do any of these things, then I'm cool with you. :)
XxCrystalPegasusxX Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015

I'm defiantly an atheist, but I don't treat religious people like they're stupid.
EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I respect that.

I'm not gonna judge you.
Eclipsefloof Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm quite respectful when it comes to religion, my friends that are religious don't shove it down my throat. However quite a few people in my school are quite ignorant and go around school with mouths like sewers. They use such foul language to force their religion on people and always go on about gays going to hell and stuff. Just gotta try and ignore it I guess, I don't have enough power to completely stop it.
gwarnage Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
i agree that most atheists aren't disrespectful
GShepherd17 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As a genuine christian myself, its actually considered very wrong in our faith to judge others, because its not our place to do so.
Humanity is supposed to love one another, only hate the bad acts, not the very person itself.  As i like to respect others for their own ideas and etc, as long as they do not attempt to shoot down my beliefs. 

Treat me good, and guarantee you will get the same treatment in return regardless of who you are ;)
hawkwing22 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're awesome :D
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