Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

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Two Words

This previously unaired episode, recorded on December 19, 2016, was part of our “Gritty Reboot” series. Sam, Bridget, and Josh go back to basics to explore “What is an atheist?”, while also defining what an atheist is not.

Topics:

  • etymology/definition
  • Does it actually take more faith to be an atheist?
  • atheist ethics
  • Atheists & Heathens
  • Atheism is NOT just another religion
  • swearing/cussing
  • atheist arrogance
  • use of humor

What an Atheist Believes

An atheist loves his fellow man instead of god. An atheist believes that heaven is something for which we should work now – here on earth for all men together to enjoy. An atheist believes that he can get no help through prayer but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it, and enjoy it. An atheist believes that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help to a life of fulfillment. He seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god. An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated. He wants man to understand and love man. He wants an ethical way of life. He believes that we cannot rely on a god or channel action into prayer nor hope for an end of troubles in a hereafter. He believes that we are our brother’s keepers and are keepers of our own lives; that we are responsible persons and the job is here and the time is now. American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair in Murray v. Curlett

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