What Does My Atheism Look Like?


While I was writing my last post, I kept thinking back to it in terms of my atheism. As such, I thought I’d write a similar post about my atheism.

As an atheist, I don’t need to say more than “I don’t believe in any gods” to justify it. That is the definition of atheism. It’s what makes me a member of the group known as atheists. But it is not all that my atheism is. This is because my atheism has led me to other conclusions, as have the people that I associate with as an atheist.

Were I an atheist outside of the atheist community, I think I’d be justified in saying that my atheism is nothing more than my disbelief in gods. But I am not outside of the community, so my atheism has become more. For example, before I became an atheist, I believed in many supernatural things. I thought that my house was haunted and magic was real, as well as my basic belief in God, angels, and the devil. But I’ve rid myself of all of those beliefs because I’m an atheist. If I don’t believe in gods, why would I believe in ghosts? Shouldn’t I apply the same skepticism to both? So now my atheism isn’t just about gods, it’s about the supernatural as a whole.

My atheism also led me to a community of people who have formed my beliefs about various things. I wouldn’t have said that I was anti-war when I was a believer, but I would now. This is because I’ve had deep discussions about current military actions with my group, and we have all been fairly skeptical of what has been going on. We may not see the problems as individuals, but we do as a group because we apply skepticism to what we are told, and even to each others’ beliefs. I’ve also become much more interested in activism. This interest stems from our openness to talk about any and all issues. I’ve learned more about abortion, feminism, rape, racial discrimination, politics, etc as a result of my atheist community than I have from anywhere else. They are the ones who convinced me to openly call myself a feminist, to protest pro-lifers, to care more about voting and the various political parties, and to speak out against discrimination of any kind. I doubt that I’d be as active as I am without them.

All of those things aren’t necessary of atheism, and they aren’t themselves atheism, but they were developed out of my atheism. They have become parts of my worldview, as atheism has, and they are both separate from one another and connected.

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11 responses to “What Does My Atheism Look Like?

  • johnspenn

    Are you a materialistic atheist? In other words, is the physical world the only thing that exists? “The cosmos is all there is or was, or ever will be.”

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  • premojas

    Just quest: Does atheism believe there is no GOD, or so… Be sure there is no god or so… that people has to believe this or that… I can’t understand. With love and flowers

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  • webbzephyr

    Very interesting post! Whatever our similarities or differences may be, I respect the integrity of your beliefs as well as your willingness to share.

    Far too many people live in fear of judgment or condemnation, and they are consequently unable or unwilling to speak openly (even given the relative anonymity of the Internet). Perhaps with a little positive encouragement from inquiring minds, a greater willingness to share will manifest in all those who fear being ridiculed or giving offence.

    Congratulations on the progress you have made in your personal philosophical journey. I wish you all the best as you continue to explore new ideas and grow within those ideas. Keep writing and keep thinking. 🙂

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  • myatheistlife

    I read you words but heard something different. Atheism does not lead you to other conclusions but the skepticism you learn as you are becoming atheistic does. Atheism is a single point conclusion and not a world view. Hanging out with other atheists might lead you to other conclusions but not as a result of not believing in gods. Rather it is because of the reasons that you don’t believe in gods, namely being a critical thinker that leads you to other conclusions. You and I are both atheists and that may be the ONLY thing we have in common. We do not necessarily share a world view or even a common understanding of things like climate change.

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    • hessianwithteeth

      Skepticism is the means, not the motive. Atheism is the motive.

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      • myatheistlife

        The acquisition of truth is the motive

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        • hessianwithteeth

          How do you know what my motives are? Or were? Maybe I just thought atheism sounded cool so I hoped on board.
          My motives for dismissing other forms of the supernatural was my atheism. I no longer believed in gods, so it seemed to make sense to do the same of other things. Yes, I applied skepticism, yes I was interested in what was true, but atheism was still my motive.
          Likewise, being an atheist and having no atheist friends was my motive for joining my atheist community. In that case, I didn’t care about truth itself, I cared about having friends that were more interested in truth.

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          • myatheistlife

            Even a broken clock is right twice a day. You can use the wrong methods to arrive at a true conclusion in many ways. If you disagree with my thoughts then perhaps we disagree on your methods of getting to critical thinking. If you were not caring about truth it’s just an accident that you found it. Congratulations.

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          • hessianwithteeth

            Except your method is as subjective as mine. Just because you think mine is wrong, doesn’t mean it is.
            And I straight up said that I did care about truth. That doesn’t mean that atheism wasn’t my motive.
            Since when do we need just one motive and just one method to get to every decision anyway? Do you really want me to go into depth about all the motives and methods that got me to where I am today beginning 10 years ago? Because that would be a very long, very boring post. And a useless one to boot.

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  • Godless Cranium

    I think it’s because you probably care about being logically consistent.

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