About Atheism

Atheism is a very broad term, even though it is basically interpreted as the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. The term is contrasted with theism, which suggests that there exists at least one deity. The word atheism dates back to the 5th Century BCE Greek word atheos, which means “without gods.” Over the years, the application of the word has been narrowed down significantly, thanks to the spread of freethought, skeptical inquiry and an increase in the criticism of religion.

Today, there are very few people who understand the concept completely and that is why atheism is often misunderstood and even vilified to a large extent. Different people perceive atheism differently, and hence, it is difficult to determine the total number of atheists in the world. Questions related to atheism can stem from philosophical, social or even historical perspectives. While some rationalize their lack of belief in a supernatural deity as insufficient empirical evidence, others rationalize their stance with the problem of evil that theism fails to resolve at many levels.

Whatever the reason may be for one to turn to atheism, Atheist Republic is one of the few organizations that try to highlight how okay it is to raise questions and seek answers, an idea that is often denounced by many religious people. The team at Atheist Republic strives to educate those interested in atheism, because they unanimously believe that understanding the subject will help one see how most of the attacks made upon atheism and atheists are based on mistaken assumptions and a general lack of knowledge.

Here is hoping you, too, find Atheist Republic to be a resourceful website that not only answers the questions you may have, but also enriches your mind.

The following is Part 2 of an interview of Allie Jackson, CEO of Atheist Republic, conducted by Scott Douglas Jacobsen. In it, Ms. Jackson opens up about her life, about Atheist Republic, and about her life goals and her hopes.  -- Ed.

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Royalty and organized religion grew up together, and need to be disposed of together as the outdated cancerous culture that they are.

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"Some say the end is near. Some say we'll see Armageddon soon. Certainly hope we will. I sure could use a vacation from this silly shit."[1]

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For believers, a short corporeal life precedes an eternity in a better incorporeal afterlife. For atheists, this life is all we have.

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I wish I was so privileged that my opinion was the only one that matters… (did you detect the sarcasm?)

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Many tend to attribute humanity's glory and evil to God's will, while omitting human effort and capability. Does believing in a deity necessarily mean degrading human beings? Is humanism compatible with religion?

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Christians are worshiping some new, nameless god, imagined in their own minds, a god with characteristics quite unlike Yahweh of old.

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Religion has been granted immunity from rational criticism in human discourse, and gets a free pass on the most ridiculous and divisive postulations.

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The Meaning of Life - Richard Dawkins

From religion to scientific inquiry, Dawkins ultimately concludes that the meaning of life is created on a personal and subjective level, thus rejecting the idea that there is an objective meaning to being human, as most religions argue.

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Some theists just don’t get it. Why can’t skeptics just believe the same way they do? There’s a reason they’re called tall tales and sometimes people need to be reminded of the tall tales they don’t believe in, and why the don’t believe in them. It is also important to understand why the desire to believe can be so alluring.

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