Atheist Republic's Archive of Atheism Blog Posts & Articles

The Atheist Republic international team of bloggers regularly writes atheist blog posts and articles about a variety of subjects including religion, atheist parenting, atheist kids, current events, ethics and morality, community and commentary on news stories of interest to atheists. Our writers hail from a variety of backgrounds and write from their own unique histories providing a diverse wealth of experiences. We welcome you to read the posts and engage with them in the comments section. You can also click on the author’s name to see the other posts they've written.

by Lee Myers

What do Black Sabbath, Beyonce and Benjamin Franklin all have in common? They’ve all been accused of producing evil music. Claims of Satanic music go back long before the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, and are still with us today. Such claims only serve to stereotype theists as bumbling idiots.

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Many Muslims claim Muhammad was illiterate and thus the Quran must be divine. These Muslims claim that if no one is able to produce something like what is found in the Quran, that the Quran must be from Allah. But what criteria are used to judge those who attempt to meet this challenge? What does the Quran itself say about the challenge? Does the challenge itself even make sense?

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by Makeesha Fisher

Most of us value human relationships. We are regularly faced with the differences between ourselves and others and we choose to navigate those differences with as little conflict and drama as possible. We do not want to leave hurt feelings, broken friendships and childish behaviour in our wake as we travel through life. As we mature, we learn to handle interactions more or less successfully and most of us desire to leave a positive mark on the world. We also learn quickly that human interaction is quite messy and often complicated. I suggest a call to deeper civility.

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Atheism: a term that is exasperatingly complex in its simplicity. Many people say, “If you don’t believe in a divine being/god, then you are an atheist.” Others employ a small variation; saying, “If you believe there is no divine being/god, then you are an atheist.” (employing a positive belief statement) While others argue atheist isn’t a term that should exist at all because it’s basically a label for something that is nothing – arguing that the negative should be the baseline or default and shouldn’t require a label. Even famous scientists, who many say are clearly atheists, refuse to use the term and even deride it because of its implicit baggage in the social context.

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by Lee Myers

One of the most common arguments heard from Muslims is that everything in the Quran has been confirmed by modern science. Is there really any accurate science in the Quran? What kinds of things are Muslims claiming to be science in the Quran? Some of the most prevalent claims concerning science in the Quran are reviewed here. Do those claims stand up to scrutiny?

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Are humans the only moral species? Where do our morals come from? Do we really need an ancient book telling us what to do and what not to do? Is there such a thing as objective morality and does that phrase even make sense? By answering these questions maybe Christians can finally stop asking us why atheists aren’t all a bunch of rapists and murderers.

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by Lee Myers

Is there a difference between atheist and agnostic? What do those words mean and are they mutually exclusive? Is absence of evidence a logical basis for belief? By answering these questions perhaps conversations can move more quickly past the semantics games some theists play and lay the burden of proof where it belongs, with the theist.

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by Makeesha Fisher

The number of Americans who check off “none” on surveys when asked about their religious affiliation is on the rise. According to Pew Forum and others, approximately 16% of Americans now classify themselves as “nones”. This is an entire group of people who are looking for communities of purpose and belonging. Do atheists have what it takes to rise to the occasion?

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by Makeesha Fisher

One of my favourite things about being a mom is when my kids share with me their deep thoughts. Wonderings about meaning, morality, death, and belonging start quite young, and it amazes me how insightful and reflective my children can be.

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by Lee Myers

Too many American schoolchildren are subjected to religious teachings in public schools. Many already know this is a violation of the Constitution, but what can a student do about it? There’s a reason for secular public education in America and kids need to know what resources they have available if they or someone they know is being preached to in the classroom.

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The Value of Atheist Blogs

There is social stigma that surrounds atheism in many communities, a stigma which causes many atheists to hide their true selves rather than proclaim their views proudly and in public.

Fortunately, not every atheist feels this way, and there are a few atheist bloggers maintaining blogs on a variety of atheist-related topics. These are valuable resources for other atheists, and it is well worth exploring them for the advice, life experience and information they contain.

What Atheist Blogs Might Contain

Not every atheist blogger blogs about atheism directly. There are many topics that might interest atheists and topics that value from the viewpoint of a non-believer. Here are just some of the blogs you may find written by other atheists:

These are just a few of the many topics that might be covered by an atheist blogger. As you explore the world of atheist blogging, you may find a variety of topics that will interest you and appeal to your views about the world.

Why Read a Blog About Atheism?

Being an atheist can be lonely and isolating, especially if you must hide your beliefs from your friends and family; a community of those with similar beliefs can be truly beneficial to both the blogger and the readers. These blogs are especially helpful when they provide some real-world advice for living as an atheist in a religious word. It can be a challenge to find atheist-friendly parenting advice, for example, from other bloggers; seeking out atheist bloggers will yield far better results.

Another benefit of atheist blogging is the ability to learn about a wide array of viewpoints and personal philosophies. Unlike religions, where members must subscribe to specific beliefs, atheists come from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and philosophical principles. Reading about these different viewpoints can open your eyes to ideas outside of your own and help to generate interesting conversations with other readers and even friends and family outside of the blog.

Sharing a blog about various atheism topics can be a good way to bridge the topic with your family and bring up a discussion about your views on god and religion, providing you with a jumping-off point for valuable communication opportunities. You never know; you might even find after sharing a post that there are a few closet atheists in your social group.