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.

A continuing examination of Eric Lounsbery’s debate arguments and why they fail

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Altered mental states, such as inebriation through the use of various substances, has long played a key role in religion.

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We sometimes hear about cases of religious freedom trumping the rights of women and other groups. This should never be the case.

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Once upon a time, there was an American children’s TV show that taught kids to question authority and the existence of the supernatural.

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In a debate between the evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowland Williams, a particularly eye-opening moment occurs.

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The Jewish lineage may indeed just be a long line of mistakes.

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There is no evidence to suggest that a god is responsible for conceiving the laws of logic.

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Quite often in the Atheist Republic’s members’ page, people ask about the best way to respond to theists. So I thought I’d offer up the best one I’ve ever come across that has worked every time for me: Just laugh.

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Why do religious believers always think that, given the freedom, Atheists would engage in beastiality, among other terrible things?

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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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