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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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WaterOrbCat Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
could you make a theist version of this 

if you dont know 
theist is basically someone who believes in everything but the books and peigambers ( ı dont know if thats what you call them but for example Hz.Musa is a peigamber , Hz.Muhammed is a peigamber and according to msulims jesus is also a peigamber )
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fish-stiix Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Student General Artist
could you do one about agnostics?
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Dahviesangel Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you have a respectful Christian one? 
I respect everyone's religious views. Thanks!
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Inesenni Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Student General Artist
Using since I'm an atheist now
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kittnen Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Never mind I saw the description
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kittnen Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
How do I use stamps?
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TavernSteak Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Using ^^
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PsionicsKnight Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Student Writer
Well, this is a very beautiful stamp, even if it doesn't fully apply to me. :)

I'm really sorry as well if you've been hurt because of these views. It's really sad for me to see that; not because getting hurt means you're less likely to see my views as "right", but because it's disgusting that people will dehumanize you for simply believing differently.

Still, I'm really happy you did this, and I'm also really happy to see you are willing to not only say you could be wrong but that you are saying that a certain belief does not make you inherently good or evil. I know that most atheists, and I would say most people in general, think that way, but when I see fundamentalists on both sides, it can... just get either really rage-inducing or depressing.

Keep up the good work with these! :D
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TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Edited Mar 7, 2018  Student General Artist
I'm respectful of people's beliefs only if those beliefs are respectable in the first place. :P
If someone's beliefs encourage needless suffering or violence, or if they think that their religious beliefs have a place in real life issues such as abortion then I will have a problem with them though. 
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Mereby1 Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  New Deviant
you need the stickism religion.
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TheArtFrog Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Student General Artist
What is stickism?
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Mereby1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  New Deviant
A religion back in the 60's.
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TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Student General Artist
What were its main tenets?
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Mereby1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  New Deviant
1. It has only 1 God

2. they belief the world was created in 7 weeks and 10 months.

3. They believe the water was made out of his saliva.

4. They believe Atheism is ok.
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sillyprissilly Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
using this on my deviantID thank you for making it 
Bunny Emoji-18 (Shower Love) [V1] 
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ChocolatTheAngel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
using.
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Sifgtymilk Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Thank you so much~
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EnderPonPearl Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Using!

it bothers me that people think all those things about atheists, as if they were all like that, they always think '' atheists are satanic '' and shit, atheists are simply people who do not believe in any deity, but, as I said earlier , they believe that we are evil incarnate.

my brother and I are atheists, at school my classmates know and respect him, I wish my family were like that ...

my whole family is Catholic, or Christian, I do not remember, the only person in my family who knows my atheism is my older sister, I would not like it at all if my parents found out, with my mother I do not think there would be any problem, but with my father would be something else, one day I said: '' god does not exist '' and he did not take it very well ...

I wish that in the world people stop despising each other for these things, everyone has their beliefs, why can not respect them?
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PsionicsKnight Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Student Writer
Forgive me for barging in, but I just had to talk about this.

I'm really sorry that's happened to you. :( I mean... I can't quite fully understand exactly since I technically share my family's religious values, but I know how hurtful it can be to be outcasted from your family due to your beliefs. And, if I had to be honest, my family has treated me like scum as well for not believing exactly what they do.

As for why it happens; while I can't give a full answer in every case, the main reason I think is that there's just a tribal mentality people have where "You are With Us or Against Us" and sadly it spills over into areas that it shouldn't. Plus, there are just people who don't or won't respect, consider, or tolerate others views; it's really sad, but I guess there's not much we can do but just learn from their mistakes and hope not only that we don't repeat them, but that they come to their senses.

If you ever want to talk about it, I'm available.
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EnderPonPearl Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
..thanks fam
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PsionicsKnight Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Student Writer
You're welcome. :)
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suparmarkeogai996 Featured By Owner 26 minutes ago
i gonna watch later
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Sifgtymilk Featured By Owner 24 minutes ago
no

your not 
nigga your going to jail
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suparmarkeogai996 Featured By Owner 22 minutes ago
my not ? 
nigga my going to jail ?
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TanukiKlaw Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad this exists. I don't like when someone hears "atheist" from me and decides to belt out a bunch of nonsense, such as "You worship Satan" or "You want to kill all religious people", which isn't true at all. I just don't believe in or practice religion, and that doesn't make me a bad person.
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AgnosticDragon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I just live my life and most people I know in real life do not notice I am an atheist. I think that is true of most atheists. People form their impressions of atheism based on its most vocal representatives.
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QuyaKillaLuna Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm religious but this makes me very happy <3 I wish everyone could understand true tolerance as well as you do :heart:
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RensKnight Featured By Owner Edited Nov 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This stamp doesn't apply to me (I'm a Christian), but it's really nice to see this around.  There are way, WAY the hell too many uncivil people around.  I've literally seen people claim belief makes me mentally ill (no, that would be serotonin deficiency, thank you very much ;) ), that I'm stupid or brainwashed (I actually grew up being encouraged to read, research, and question things), or ascribe to me all sorts of bigoted views I don't hold.

I didn't realize it until I looked now, but it seems I'm using a lot of your science-related stamps!  I pretty much turn into a kid unwrapping a present under the Christmas tree, with new scientific information. :D 

Universe Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Evolution Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Extraterrestrial Life Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Extinction Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Birds Stamp by Kezzi-Rose

Fortunately I know it wouldn't horrify you, as it would some atheists, to know that the many amazing things about science and math were part of what kept me from falling away from belief in God, during the time when his believers very nearly ran me off.

And interesting you have a KsE stamp, too!  Some of their lyrics can be quite religious in nature.
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AgnosticDragon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I have a diagnosed mental illness and it is about brain chemistry and emotional states, not beliefs. Maybe there are some correlations; I am not sure. In any case, if religion is a mental illness, it is one that most people have, and that would profoundly change how we view mental illness. I would not count anything as a mental illness unless it has a clear dysfunction attached to it, and I think we should treat mental illness far more like we treat other illnesses. Nobody thinks less of me as a person because I had a pulmonary embolism, but there are people who think less of those who have serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Making people scared to disclose these conditions serves no legitimate purpose.
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RensKnight Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, really.  There is a LOT of ground that society needs to cover when it comes to understanding mental illness and really continuing to treat people who have them as PEOPLE.
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BeautifulxApocalypse Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017  Student General Artist
Hello there! Im a respectful athiest with a christian mom! (a christian bio father too but i have an extreme hatred for him because he used his religion as an excuse to hurt me and others) but, i never really met a christian believing in evolution, i personally mix my active imagination with science, not really holding any beliefs, im just a kid-at-heart. I'm currently taking a space science class! 

just be kind! it costs $0.00 to be a good person!  
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RensKnight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Ugh...I hate when people try to excuse cruelty by claiming Christ. I’m pretty sure that’s got to be the real meaning of taking the Lord’s name in vain. :(

I am glad that, if I understand right, you see a difference between your mom and your dad. It is so tempting for people to lump everyone into one bucket, especially when there’s pain like that.

I imagine Christians who are okay with science don’t get a lot of attention because we’re the ones who are listening quietly in science classes really fascinated, rather than creating a scene. Heck, some of us honestly feel reverent when we study how the universe was created. The time scales, distances, and number of variables involved are literally incomprehensible to the human mind, and yet there is such artistry...

Personally, I only get annoyed when people claim that science proves there is no God, because that IMO not only is a misunderstanding of theology, but also an abuse of science. I was raised in an environment where scientific thinking was encouraged right along with faith. My parents always encouraged reading as long as something wasn’t wildly age-inappropriate or just gross/disrespectful. Straight up science never fell in that category.

Heck, I had both a Bible, and a high school level evolution book at 5 or 6 years old. Needless to say I noticed their accounts had differences. I remember laying the two books side by side on the bedroom floor to understand why that was, and then noticed that they did share imagery even if the science book was far more precise in the details. To me, both were telling the same story, just in VERY different ways, and I saw no reason for there to be a conflict. (And once I got older, I later suspected that such free access to information was intended by my parents to allow me to draw that conclusion for myself.)

The space science class sounds awesome! Is this a college course or just something you’re doing online for fun? :)

And thanks for the watch. :) Please know that we likely do have a lot of differences in views and I do express myself, so please don’t be surprised when that happens! ;)
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BeautifulxApocalypse Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017  Student General Artist
Im never gonna deny the presence of a god but i dont believe in one. Im just a human, i dont know everything. The universe is so big, nobody knows whats out there.

Also im a highschooler going to a special needs school. Its different than public schooling.
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RensKnight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Well, if there's one thing we definitely DO agree on, it's the fact that we don't know everything.  :)

Glad you've got the space science course there.  Do you get to do stargazing for homework?  (I still kick myself for not taking astronomy in college... ;) )
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BeautifulxApocalypse Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017  Student General Artist
My school doesnt have homework. Were learning about Jupiter when we get back from break.
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RensKnight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Cool.  From what I hear, NASA's Juno probe has been bringing in a lot of interesting new information from Jupiter. :)

www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/jun…
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BeautifulxApocalypse Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017  Student General Artist
I wanna live on saturn
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SpikeTheHedgehog17 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017
.......You believe in Evolution...... I don't, not hating on you though, just questioning you....
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RensKnight Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I think God has some REALLY amazing, intricate ways of shaping the universe and the creature He has put in.  To me, the incredible scales of the very, very big, and the very, very small, that it takes to create in that fashion are well within the abilities of an all-powerful God.  I see such beauty and meticulous effort in it, rather than the coldness and lack of purpose some seem to see.  That it occurred as a series of sequential steps is nothing unexpected to me as a believer.  The amazing thing is just how beyond our abilities such a task would be if we were to somehow attempt it.
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SpikeTheHedgehog17 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017
Cool :) But I guess i'm super religious and my parents taught me about creationism when I was young.
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RensKnight Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I was also taught that God created the Earth and everything in it. :)  To me, science gives us the privilege of a window into the "how."
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SpikeTheHedgehog17 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017
You're actually right though. Science does open stuff up.
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Violet--Shades Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017
How could someone say things like that!? I'm glad you acknowledge not all atheists are like that, just like atheists need to recognize not all Christians force their beliefs on everyone. (My family does though. They fit the stereotypes) I'm glad you're so respectful. We should all be free to believe what we want! I'm atheist myself, but honestly Christians really can't be proven wrong any more than they can be proven right. :) Thanks for your respect!
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RensKnight Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
It happens quite a bit on the Internet...people feel free to say a lot of things, without having to look someone in the eye.

IMO true faith requires true love--and true love cannot exist without true freedom to choose for yourself what to believe.  For that reason it's my personal belief that being a bully in the name of God backfires on the bully, not on the victim.

The scientific method inherently does not even allow for the testing of internal experience.  Nor can it be used to assign value to something.  I mean, to pick one example, I am pretty sure uranium nuclei don't come with a subatomic stamp on them that says, "SPLITTING ME = BAD BAD BAD!!!"  :D

All science can do is tell us the potential things that can happen and what we decide about the value and morality of each course of action has to come from somewhere else.
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