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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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sonougesupporter112 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
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."
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PervertBunnies Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Student General Artist
Well I am neutral then.
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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. :)
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XxCrystalPegasusxX Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  New Deviant
Using!

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

I'm not gonna judge you.
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Eclipsefloof Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  New Deviant 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.
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gwarnage Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
i agree that most atheists aren't disrespectful
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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 ;)
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s-n-o-w-p-a-w Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
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fluffypuppy1011 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Using, I think I have an obsession with your stamps owo~
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Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Snee :D I'm happy you like 'em!! :la:
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homotrash Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im only respectful if they aren't shoving it down my throat tbh 
but if they're just believers and preaching within their own space, im fine with it 
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UraniumTheElement Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I respect atheists a lot.

I think the atheism is true.
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DPortZeGerman Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
I am Atheist. But no entirely respectful. I'm sorry I try, but it's difficult to respect people who bash you, take away your rights and/or threaten your life. A believer can be my friend, in fact many of my friends are, as long as they keep it to themselves.
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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
That's me. Even if I tell my opinions very strongly, I can explain what do I mean. Like these two.
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xRibbon-Candyx Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
me
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HybridWolfFangirl Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
I AM THIS.
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Nyanstryke Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I respect atheists even though I'm catholic people can beleive who they want its a free world where we can beleive the different things
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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm an atheist and I respect you. :) (Smile)
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Nyanstryke Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
And I respect you ^-^
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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks ^^
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Darkspine16647 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I respect these kinds of atheists, even though I'm catholic. I just hope that people who are atheists are okay with my religious beliefs :)
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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm an atheist and I respect you. :) (Smile)
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Darkspine16647 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you ^^
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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
No problem ^^
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Eeveeon55 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*hugs you*
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AnimalLover670 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm Catholic, but I respect your opinion. :)
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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm an atheist and I respect you. :) (Smile)
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AnimalLover670 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I respect you back :)
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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks ^^
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Crisy101 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, we really need more respectful atheists....and respectful religious people.......and more respectiful people in general :P
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Inspired-Galaxy Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm an Atheist. :)
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MermandoandmabelFAN Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student Writer
As a Christian, I agree with this. I'm okay with Athiests, as long as they're nice and okay with the fact that I believe in God :)
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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm an atheist and I respect you. :) (Smile)
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MermandoandmabelFAN Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Writer
Thank you! :)
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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
No problem ^^
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jaytheprince Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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god bless you. its so nice to see people who share the same faith like this
<3
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MermandoandmabelFAN Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student Writer
Awe, thanks! :)
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llazzi Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist
Agreed.
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MermandoandmabelFAN Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Student Writer
:)
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Iycan Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My aunt is a hardcore Christian, doesn't think my choice of being atheist is right and tells me I'll go to hell but she says while Im on earth, she loves me. Im even ok with this thinking lol
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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I hate that kind of people. My mom is Christian and she knows I'm an atheist. She loves me and I love her.
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Coconut-Latte Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^We need more people like you in this world 
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MermandoandmabelFAN Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student Writer
Oh thank you ^^
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HK-0391 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015   Digital Artist
I hate religion itself, but you better have a damn-good other reason for me to hate you, 'cause idfc if you're a devout Christian/Catholic/Mormon/Muslim/Jew/whatever, just treat me like a normal person, and I'll treat you like a normal person.

I've even gone so far as to donate a total of 400 points to Muslim-Manga, 'cause I like that they're trying to make Muslims feel accepted in the anime/manga community. 
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Xinef5 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have any advice on how to cope with aggressive atheists?

Some of my 'friends' just seem to use every opportunity to offend religious people and the church. I try to just avoid the topic of religion when they are around, since we share some other interests like science, philosophy or MLP, so we can sometimes talk about other things. But still, it's hard to strike a conversation with them without hearing their newest ideas on how else they could show their disrespect for religion, or the latest anti-religion memes and videos they've found, or just misconceptions such as "during the middle ages, there was no scientific progress because the church was preventing it".

I tried telling them that this attitude is unlikely to lead to meaningful conversations, and people they're talking to will feel offended and other logical reasons why I think they should change their behavior, but I guess people just don't change easily ;)

While normally I'd just try to avoid people who act like this, in this case they're people I'm likely to run into every now and then, and they also seem to be quite knowledgeable on other topics, so I enjoy speaking with them as long as we avoid the topic of religion. I also feel like their attitude is harming their ability to search for truth, and therefore it can both negatively affect what they can do for other people, and it can lead to further spread of harmful misconceptions.

As a side note, one of them also has completely opposite opinions than me about psychedelics - I believe that no one really needs them to be happy, and they've ruined many people's lives, so it'd be better if people didn't use them, while he claims that everyone should try. But at least on this topic, we agreed to disagree. I have a feeling that this guy in a way respects me for being a respectful catholic, or maybe just for the fact I'm knowledgeable on many scientific topics and tend to apply logic where some people don't, as he tends to be less aggressive when I'm around, but he clearly doesn't hold his tongue when speaking with other people, so I'm not sure what to think about it :/

Anyway, the reason I'm asking here is because I've heard many religious people's point of view on this topic, but I'm interested to hear what respectful atheists have to say.
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SufferingWithSalad Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
idk man, I'd just say tell them that when they talk about religion it makes you uncomfortable, and to try not to around you
If they get offended by that, then they're not people you wanna be friends with. I know people who are very smart, or atleast knew them, then they turned out to be dicks because they were so passionate about hating something and wouldn't shutup about it when you asked them to.
If they agree, and they slip up and forget, kindly remind them again.
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WintersWhite Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm an atheist and my best friend is religious. :heart: I completely respect her beliefs and she does not hate on my lack of religious beliefs. :)
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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm an atheist, too, and I have friends from any kind of religion, mostly Christians and Muslims. They love and respect me as myself, and I love and respect them as themselves.
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radiumlowi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015   Traditional Artist
As a former atheist, I know that feel bro
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