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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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Sakuraofchaos Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Technically, I'm a pagan/ wiccan, but I'm also an atheist/ agnostic person, so paganism/ wicca is more of a spirituality for me.
I respect people of other religions unless they're complete assholes and become homophobic.
I don't like when "good" Christians protest pride parades and say homophobic things to those people, along with others on a daily basis.
I mean, Sodhum and Gamora were raped by men, not romantically in love with them.
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CottonCandyDreamer Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not an atheist and I never will be, but thank you for this stamp anyway. It's nice to see that there are nice atheists who will respect you for your beliefs on here.
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xCatnis Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
using
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Cabilldence Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Student General Artist
tbh i hate it when you tell people you are an Atheist and they are all shocked like,,, "You don't believe in ANYTHING?" and they make a joke about "believing in science" or "yourself" and it pisses me off
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JuimytheCyberShark Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017   Traditional Artist
If only the majority of people on the internet shared this thought...
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Chatterbox1991 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017
As a Christian, i am grateful for people like you, thank you!
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SilversFanGurl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I love this friggin' stamp so much. 
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BubblesAccount Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I use?
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FriendshipFan1996 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm also an atheist. I also try to be respectful but's so hard and stuff.
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fallingemberdragon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed
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Beret-Rock Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I have some atheist friends, sometimes being kinda disrespectful sadly.
I was an atheist for a period myself and it's perfectly fine, as long as its respectful to others
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
I can respect people, but I can't really respect ideas that seem like absolute lunacy to me, but I can respect the people behind them and acknowledge that there probably good well-meaning people even if I think their view of the universe is so skewed that I view them as a little bit crazy.
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Kaylarge-chan Featured By Owner Edited Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
using
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linux-rules Featured By Owner Edited Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Is an example why religious morals are not enought all the time. Religious morals are restrictive as tend to favour the people of their own believe. This has been proven even in studies of behaviour.

But if you don't believe in imaginary friends you can set your own rules and moral of do good to others, that is an universal feel, not only religious. So we can end like this: respecting believes in imaginary friends although some of those people don't respect us. In the end we respect people because they are human beings and not because they belong to a religion. 

Of course this is also why atheist are not a group: as you can set the rules, nobody can know beforehand that those rules are good. For example you have Ayn Rand that believes that people are only individuals and despise minorities.

Not all people are ready for freedom. That's why I define myself as secular humanist or rationalist and not as atheist because, as gods didn't exists at all, I don't have to define myself for the lacking of believe in a non-existing thing.

If all things work that way every person will be thousands of a-things.

For a secular humanist what rules its life is the protection of human rights plus the common "do good for others" "treat others as you believe others should treat you".
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PrincessKaelen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
using
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Dreamu101 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
used ! ~
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EmilyIsRandom Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I am christian, but I don't mind athiests.
Though my fam hates them and thinks all athiests are jerks
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noh they aren't ._.
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CoffeeBeanu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Student General Artist
owow look who i found
yeah, i'm an athiest and the same goes for my family with christians
but shouldn't we just respect everyone and what they want to believe?
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EmilyIsRandom Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
owow you stalker
tru tho
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TheDiscoTurkey Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah me too! I used to hate atheists,but hate is just hurtful and unnecessary.
I also am the not-fundamentalist and evolutionist kind of Christian ^^
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SparkelzDaCat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Student General Artist
I am an atheist, but I would never judge someone for their religion. That shit's messed up.
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Rorrx Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
there's nothing wrong with religion as long as your not hurting anyone Heart Heart free avatar 
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silverinkstripe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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blo-deewedd Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am a spiritual/religious person, but that isn't preventing me from loving this! You are the type of atheist that I wish that the majority of the world (people who adhere to a religion) could see and respect. I admit that, before I read that description, I didn't have the best views on atheists, since I have been hurt by self-described atheists in the past. However, I see now that there are respectful atheists in the world, like the ones described here! Thank you for the lesson, I really needed it.

Another thing I would like to add is the misconception that atheism is not a belief system. Atheism is a belief system like any other religion, just without the religious dogma. This counters the gnostic point of view, whether you are a gnostic atheist or gnostic theist. I am glad that you are open-minded! :love:
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QueenRooniiAdopts Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad you made this comment actually, so many other people seem to not know what this term actually means and its very rare for me to find a christian who knows this.
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TheDiscoTurkey Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with this. I am Christian myself but I respect atheism,and I'm sure lots of atheists are respectful.
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queen-meme Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
using!! <3
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AlchemySugar Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My new favorite stamp. I'm using it forever.
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blvsh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
I think this is really nice. A LOT of the athiests I've seen (cough cough DA-theist)  are just there to ridicule the other religions. Being atheist doesn't give you the right to do that.
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AestheticAlpaca Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Da-theist is (as far as i know) is a acount from torithewolfi (A extrem left person which tells christians to die). And I agree that being an Atheist is a bad excuse to act like shit. But it also counts for theists
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linux-rules Featured By Owner Edited Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
religions have no rights. Only people have rights.
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blindstitic Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GOD BLESS YOU

oh wait
What god
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linux-rules Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
:aww:
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
*claps*
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GoIosita Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to use this, oml-
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KoiFoxCreations Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student General Artist
using! Im an Atheist but respect everybody and what they believe in .w.
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TehSmolOne Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will respect those that respect the fact that I'm an atheist. Those that don't, they are annoying and are just trying to get more people on their side.
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LittleGreenGamer Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I myself am not an atheist - just someone who doesn't think God is all that great - but I faved this because you have a sense of respect. :nod: 
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Y333N Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll admit, I have a tendency to bash some religious people, but only if they try to convert me. Dont say "Oh well Jesus loves you, just read the bible and you'll see the truth of your sinful ways and be saved from eternal damnation, I'm only trying to help you". Don't try to convert athiests, you'll only seem like an asshole to us. I'll respect you as long as you're not trying to "Help" me, it doesn't work that way. You can't convert me any more than I can make you stop believing.
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Rorrx Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
agreed ^^
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0xXInsanityXx0 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I get that, don't worry ^^
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WeettleFizz Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I is Christian who respect all atheists and I is approv of dis
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Treasures-Of-Wisdom Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to say that I very much appreciate respectful atheists such as yourself (and I don't take them for granted because I don't always see that level of courtesy and politeness, whether among religious or non-religious people).  Blessings.
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KathyDusk Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
I recently became an Atheist, though I'm still more of what you'd consider agnostic. I just couldn't find myself justifying Old Testament texts anymore. It's very brutal and cruel, though the New Testament states that the strict adherence of the old laws are no longer necessary because Christ died on the cross, it still doesn't change that many people were killed in the Old Testament for simply not believing in the Abrahamic God. What happened to God not interfering? Did that go out the window? He lets people die of disease who love him dearly, but slaughters those who don't worship him simply because they don't understand why they should? Talk about a cruel God, he teaches us to be forgiving, but he doesn't forgive himself. Until the person has lived a full life to choose what path he wants to take, God has no right to intervene or command someone to kill for him.

One good thing has come of being religious for a time, it has shown me to forgive and accept what I cannot change, unlike the hypocritical God of the Bible. Unlike God, who "cannot make mistakes", I have. I've suffered for every single one of my mishaps, and I stood up every time. God has never had to go through that because he is "perfect." He's never had to face a punishment for any cruel thing he's ever done except watch his creation self-destruct before him. The only thing he ever did was become a man and die, but it was because of HIS OWN LAWS. It still doesn't dismiss every time he doesn't get what he wants, despite preaching patience and allowing time for people to grow and move on past their bad behaviors, he slaughters them. Well, how the fuck was this person going to turn from their beliefs if you've never shown your face to them, jackass? Really, it's ridiculous, and I'm glad I left. Most of the guilt I've been feeling has vanished, and I've been able to open up more about my problems and start getting help, as I am no longer ashamed of them.
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xX-Derse-Xx Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If your an atheist who says "Jesus Christ" when something frustrating happens clap your hands
*Clap clap*
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ThatMuttFromSchoolXD Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Heck, even some of us Christians do it. xD
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linux-rules Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
not me. Anyway is not common in non-anglosaxon countries
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Cat-Loving-Queen Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
*furious clapping*
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SparkelzDaCat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Student General Artist
*Clap clap*
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LadyData Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Since an Atheist doesn't believe in Jesus Christ and is using it as a sigh of frustration wouldn't it contradict his/her beliefs since mentioning His name for his/her frustration would be to acknowledge Him?
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