Myths about Atheism

Myths about Atheism

Myths about Atheism

Basically, atheism just means that someone does not believe that God exists. Unfortunately, people want to add a lot more to their definition of atheism and then attack what they have added. This is called a “straw man” argument from the old Chinese tradition of creating straw men to sacrifice to their gods. Here are some popular myths about atheists:

Atheists have no morals

This is based on the idea that you need a religious tradition to give you a moral code. It is obviously false. Human beings are social animals and develop ethical behavior as they mature. Concern for others, a sense of fairness and justice, honesty, and other moral behaviors appear in all societies that have been studied regardless of particular religious traditions.

Life is meaningless for atheists

This is based on the idea that only a religious tradition can give a person a sense of meaning.  Having a sense of meaning is important to most people. However, that meaning can come from many places such as family, career, public service, art, etc.  Religion is not a requirement.

All atheists believe in evolution

There is no agreed upon set of beliefs for all atheists. Even religions have a problem getting all their members to agree on the same set of beliefs. Other than a lack of belief in God, atheists may believe, disbelieve or have not opinion on any other belief.

Human beings have a built in need to put things in categories. When one group believes strongly in something and believes in its superiority over other groups, there is a natural process that can generate another group to oppose the first. The second group will have beliefs that differ from the first group. Religious people who encounter non-believers tend to want to place them in a group with opposing beliefs. Unfortunately, the only belief that atheists share is actually a non-belief. They do not believe that God exists. That is really all that can be

accurately said about them.