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What are the biggest lies/misconceptions spread about atheists and agnostics?


It seems there are a lot of opinions about atheists and agnostics without a lot of facts. Some of the more common ones are lack of religion/God causes moral decline and atheists are waging war on Christians etc. Other common myths are atheists can't be as compassionate as religious people because we don't answer to a "higher power". - What most fail to realize is we answer to ourselves and most of us believe that this life is it - our chance to leave a mark on the world and we try to be better humans. Let's start trying to understand one another instead of demonizing people

 

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    Thank you I agree, many people assume atheists/agnostics are not spiritual and like you, I believe many of us in fact are. Thanks for answering :)


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    Absolutely, many atheists/agnostics I know including myself were raised in religion, examined it and came to a different conclusion. I also get sick of the whole "no moral code" issue as well.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    Yes yes yes! I totally embrace the unknown and find the quest for knowledge incredibly beautiful. Religion to me discourages free thought and is very fear based, but comforting. I understand the fear, but religion seems limiting to experience.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I agree. I have a friend who is an actual Pagan witch and I respect her. She has a tough go of it too because she grew up and lived a lot of her life in an extremely religious area. Ridicule and humiliation were nearly constant. It was pitiful.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    some people think they have an answer to everything. One "Christian" had the nerve to tell me he hopes I raise my children to have a choice smh. I suggested he do likewise and allow his to have free thought.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    Wow, we have a lot in common. I grew up in the Catholic church/schools as well and have also studied different religions. I actually find the spiritual lessons of many quite beautiful, it's the literalism and dogma that turned me away.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    This I can respect because you acknowledge that others are entitled to their beliefs as well. I embrace those who allow others to live and let live and I believe we all have the right to our beliefs :) thanks for your answer.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    Totally, waters really get muddy when we try to paint large groups of people with the same brush. We are all complex beings

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I agree, people love to throw the word "ignorance" around in place of "stupid" which is what most mean - to devalue opinions of others that don't coincide with their own. Ignorance is simply lack of knowledge many don't realize that.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I see your point, but I also know that society is much more tolerant of Christians that it is Atheists. We've never had an atheist president for example, but people admire presidents that talk about religious beliefs.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I've noticed this too, that the more dogmatically religious a person is, the more they will insist that atheism is also a dogmatic religion/belief.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    Thank you, I completely agree and I know there are reasonable people all around and that we can all get along and mutually respect one another. I definitely agree about great discussions over argument :)


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    Borsia 3 years ago

    How very true. And when one points this out the answer is always that the evil doers didn't really have a god in their heart, even though they were devote believers. BS more evil has been done in the name of gods than any other motivation, ever!

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I know there are militant atheists who ridicule the religious and that's reprehensible also to me. I am actually a spiritual atheist. I don't believe in a diety, but I do believe in something that connects us all energetically. :)


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I agree with this very much. I have a lot of respect for the many belief systems, so long as they don't try to infringe the rights or hurt others in the name of those beliefs. Excellent points


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