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The positive aspects of atheism seem rarely talked about. With the exception of religion, how has being atheist changed the way that you see the world? As an atheist, what are your values and inspirations?

Sat, 02 Oct 2010 15:37:25 UTC | #528060

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paul..."Negativity is not and will never be a positive survival trait."

What are you talking about here?

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 18:54:25 UTC | #527761

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Strictly, as has been pointed out, atheism is nothing more than a lack of belief. But it seems to me that further ideas follow naturally from this. Atheists prefer to rely on evidence as a basis for understanding (science is a good model). They tend to reject relativist notions of reality. They would like to live in a society organised on secular lines (with freedom to believe in magic stuff of course). They are aware of the harmful effects of religion and wish to try to prevent future atrocities. Atheists don't adhere to ancient, brutal moral and legal systems and so usually have a humane, liberal approach to ethical issues. All this is pretty clear from this website. So positive themes stemming from atheist roots are available. The difficulty is avoiding the imagery being misinterpreted by the religious mind.

This is what I keep trying to get across. I want to explore the ways in which becoming an atheist might lead on to these things and in this sense the assertion that you do not believe in god can be a change for the good, not just because there simply is no god, but because of all the things it can bring along with it.

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 11:46:58 UTC | #527606

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Paul.. just to clarify, I am not suggesting that atheism has values all by itself. But rather that certain values and world views very often stem from this decision of rejecting belief in god/s. It is obvious that not all atheists feel the same, but many assert common themes and values involving things like science, rationality, reason, beauty and understanding in the natural world... and as the comment above suggests; different perspective of your place in the universe, seeing that the earth, people and god are no longer at the centre of all things... How about the value in individual freedom and what progress that can bring?

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 11:28:40 UTC | #527600

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Comment 37 by Roedy :

Photos from Hubble are what I would consider closest to atheist art. It is a celebration of the immensity of the cosmos, and realising we are just a tiny tiny tiny part of it.

I will definately look into this : ) I think that this kind of imagery would definately be effective to demonstrate ideas of how rejecting god can change peoples perspective of their place in the universe

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 08:59:35 UTC | #527558

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