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

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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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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Many Muslims just don’t know logic and so they regurgitate the fallacies they hear from Islamic apologists and post fallacy filled Youtube videos. By reviewing and explaining some of the most common fallacies used in one of the most commonly posted videos, maybe, just maybe, Muslims might actually stop being so fallacious. Or at least learn to recognize fallacies when they hear them.

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Asking question after question, doubting every single little thing can get tiresome and annoying to those around us. When we understand this, we can recognize when we're reacting one way or another - questioning unnecessarily or holding too tightly to a belief. There seems to have always been a tension between the desire to know and the need to question. I believe we can use our doubt to light a path toward greater knowledge, understanding and problem solving.

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The doubters have asked questions, poked, prodded, analyzed and asked more questions. Because the religious have often been openly afraid of doubt, even to the point of putting warnings against it in their holy books, atheists are often self-congratulatory about their ability to reason and question but atheists seem to be just as likely to hold certain beliefs as sacrosanct. But there is power in doubt and it’s a power atheists can reveal to others.

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Embracing an attitude of doubt, actively holding our strong beliefs with an open hand isn't always as easy as we would like it to be. I think sometimes, this long and difficult journey makes many people cling even harder to certainty because they're tired of asking questions and they're ready to rest in something that finally feels right. Strong beliefs are important, vital even, but if we grip them in a tightly closed fist, there isn't space for new evidence to come to us for examination and closed fists make very good tools for pounding our beliefs into others.

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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.