Letter to the Editor on atheism

Atheism and agnosticism are not mutually exclusive. One can be both atheist and agnostic, or neither.

If Christianity is not true, it lays out a false purpose for life. As an atheist, who was a Christian for 22 years and attended a Baptist university for part of my undergrad, I can testify that my de-conversion ultimately gave my life more purpose, meaning, and direction.

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The irony of your whole argument is that if you’re wrong, then you have no morality. Blindly doing what you are told is not exercising morality. Most atheists that I have met who used to be Christians would say that moral decisions became a lot simpler after their de-conversion.

Atheists do not, “not believe in anything.” Atheists believe in the same things you do for the most part, with the exception of a god. Atheism is not a “belief system” or a “religion” for the same reason that no believing in ghosts is either of those things. If you are looking for atheistic worldviews: humanism, naturalism, and skepticism are all good options. However, these are still not religions because they have no tenets, dogma, ect. They are a lens through which the world is viewed. An atheistic religion would be something like Buddhism.

Imagine that you asked someone how a vending machine worked and they told you “a team of gremlins are inside.” When I hear someone say that, “the earth was created 6-10k years ago”, or “the universe was created by God,” I hear “gremlins in the vending machine.” I would much prefer not knowing something than believing something false.