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.

I’m not interested in making a claim about which is the “better” atheism but I am interested in the type of “unbelief” that we present and promote within our communities. Secularism shouldn’t be interested in competing because it doesn’t stand as an alternative to religion but rather a political philosophy that stands alongside belief and nonbelief. I think atheists should be championing secularism in the public/political realm.

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This is the second part of a three part series exposing one of the most brutal and least reported Christian inquisitions.

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Are atheists creating hostility by running down sympathetic Christians?

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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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It is a common refrain among European politicians in recent years that multiculturalism has failed, but it has not failed; freedom of religion has failed.

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Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park, needs a new secular forum and a stop to extremism.

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Many religious people claim their doctrine is proof of their god. However the reality is these doctrines actually can be used to disprove these gods.

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Life After Death - Richard Dawkins

This documentary tackles the concept of human afterlife. Dawkins combines various religious concepts of the afterlife with scientific fields such as genetics, neuroscience and evolution to objectively examine humanity's innate desire for life after death.

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The threat of Hell to many religious folk is enough to leave them whimpering in a corner with their knees pulled up to their chest, and ready to sprint to the nearest confession box. But what if Hell was the greatest lie to have ever been formulated?

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Is belief in God without religion harmless? Is organized religion the main problem and more deserving of our attention?

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