Beliefs

Some misguided people have claimed that atheists don’t have beliefs. While atheists are distinguished by what they don’t believe, and there might not be any particular belief that all atheists share in common, individual atheists do have beliefs. Here I will list some of mine, along with some references. These will sometimes be blogposts I have written, and they will sometimes be books by other people. The former will link here. The latter will be italicized, include the author’s name, and link to Project Gutenberg or to Amazon. When I have written several blog posts on a topic, I’ll include a link to the appropriate tag instead of to particular posts. This will provide you with an up-to-date list of my posts on the topic.

Epistemology

  • The surest way to truth is through critical thinking, not through faith.
  • The Importance of Critical Thinking in Religion
  • The Bible is not the word of God.
  • The Age of Reason (1794-1796) by Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
  • The Cure for Fundamentalism: Why the Bible Cannot be the “Word of God” (2014) by Steve McRoberts
  • Not a single proof of God’s existence actually works.
  • TAG: God
  • Atheism: A Philosophical Justification (1992) by Michael Martin
  • Religion Refuted: Debunking the case for God (2014) by Daniel Chaney
  • Ethics

  • Morality can be grounded in the intrinsic value of human life.
  • The Moral Landscape’s Definition of Good
  • Morality or Meaning Without God?
  • Improving the Ten Commandments
  • A good God would not damn someone to eternal suffering in Hell for relying on evidence and reason instead of blind faith.
  • There is no Eternal Damnation in Hell
  • Questions that May Never be Answered, Answers that May Never be Questioned
  • Far from being a virtue, faith is intellectual dishonesty, and people are better off without it.
  • Ten Reasons To Lose Faith: And Why You Are Better Off Without It (2016) by Rosa Rubicondior
  • Religious faith sometimes leads good people to do evil.
  • Bad Ideas vs. Bad People
  • The Dark Side of Christian History (1995) by Helen Ellerbe
  • The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (2004) by Sam Harris
  • History

  • Jesus was not an incarnation of God, a messiah, or a miracle worker.
  • Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of The Christ (2007) by D. M. Murdock (Acharya S)
  • Human life is the result of evolution, not of special creation.
  • TAG: Evolution
  • Religion, in general, is man-made, not divinely revealed.
  • The Transcendental Temptation: A Critique of Religion and the Paranormal (1991) by Paul Kurtz
  • Man Made God: A Collection of Essays (2010) by Barbara G. Walker
  • The most successful religions have been shaped by evolutionary selective forces, not just created by single individuals.
  • The Evolution of Theology (1886) by Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)
  • The Religion Virus: Why we believe in God (2010) by Craig James
  • Metaphysics

  • The Omni-God — a being who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent — does not exist.
  • The Impossibility of Omniscience

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