Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


  Gospel of Atheism
1 Salvation by atheism
2 What is self-esteem?
3 Why is self-esteem important?
4 How to love yourself
5 You want to be happy
6 You can be happy
7 To love yourself means loving yourself alone ultimately
Fear is the father of evil
9 Nobody makes you unhappy but you
10 Let happiness come just pave the way and trust yourself
11 Be easy to please and life will be better
12 You just need to see your worth
13 Egoism is the way to go!
14 Distracted selfishness is your salvation
15 See that you are not a sinner
16 Be your own person
17 Only God you need is you!
18 You have a will but it is not free in the religious sense
19 Proof that there is no free will and we don't really want it
20 Belief in fate is not really that bad
21 Liberation and guilt the gospel of atheism
22 Forgiveness in the popular sense is a snare!
23 Hatred in disguise the gospel of atheism overcomes it
24 The importance of evidence and why probability not possibility is what counts
25 Using reason correctly means protecting yourself correctly
26 There is no God - be your own God
27 Show the oppressive God belief the door!
28 Belief in God thrives on attacking your self-regard
29 Why it is inhuman to condone God's often cruel plan
30 Religion is fanatical superstitious and therefore harmful
31 Why prayer offends against decency
32 Why it is bad to believe in revelation
33 Miracles are a toxic belief
34 Fast inner transformation for the atheist
35 Don't expect too much
35 Affirming atheism in a positive way
37 Humanist meditation - transforming your inner self
38 Feeling that life is meaningful
39 On optimism - the atheist and mature optimism
40 Why there is danger and irresponsibility in the afterlife doctrine
41 Telling the difference between right and wrong
42 Being fair
43 On value on human life
44 Can an egoist be a martyr for others?
45 Animal rights
46 Ways of being complicit in society's evil
47 Lying and stealing
48 Gossip is a plague
49 The need for social regulation
50 Proper relationship of church and state
51 The value of education
52 The evil of marriage
53 How to have a happy love life
54 Erotica is harmless and to be enjoyed
55 The bare essentials of atheism
56 About Humanism
57 Humanism is not a religion or a faith position
58 Atheists here are the rules if you want them!
59 Being an atheist or humanist in a religious world
60 Making friends for humanist atheism
61 How we must spread the good news of atheistic humanism
62 The end goal of atheistic humanism
63 Ultimate truth - the theorems of atheistic humanism
PRINCIPLE 10, DISTRACTED SELFISHNESS IS YOUR SALVATION

The Tenth Principle of Self-love is that when doing kind deeds you will be happier if you forget what is in it for you and this act of forgetting is itself an act of self-love. When you have problems no matter how small it always helps to get your mind off yourself by keeping busy. This is a selfish act for you seek the pleasure of forgetting about what bothers you.
 
How does this square with saying that we must not do good works to earn praise and self-esteem but do them to remind us how good we are for that is trying to get something out of it for ourselves? But you only do things because you desire to and want gratification. You always want to feel good about yourself and this is the only exception. That is why you can help an ingrate and still be an egoist. It is easier to do good to be able to perceive yourself as good than it is to do good to get other peopleís thanks or their money or favours. Itís more satisfying and therefore more selfish in the good way.

It is when you forget about what good doing good to others will do for you that you reap quality happiness and become happy with yourself. The reason is that desire is pain because it means wanting what you do not have yet and when you put it out of your mind you get the happiness you crave. Also, the best happiness is got by being happy in the present moment for to focus too much on the future is scary for you donít even know if you will get it and you are more sure of the present moment. Yes you are doing good to make yourself happy and you are loving only yourself by doing this good but you are forgetting about the results IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THAT HAPPINESS. You are still doing good just to make yourself happy. Self-esteem is not feeling brilliant about yourself all the time. Self-esteem is forgetting thrills in order to develop personal peace of mind. If you are unhappy take your mind off yourself by going out and doing something for others and in time your mind will be purified of the dross that afflicts it.

We Humanists are hedonists, that is, we believe right and wrong are about having fun and avoiding suffering. We practice a form of hedonism that is designed to maximise the happiness we can have in this world for ourselves and everybody else too. We practice individualism the only way it can be properly practised. We are materialists because we value our lives in this world and our feelings. Our lives and our feelings are material things. We are even more materialists than those who love money for unlike them we know how to get the best out of being materialistic.