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
YOU HAVE A WILL BUT IT IS NOT FREE

Your will is the faculty with which you decide to do things and make choices. The term free will means that means it is under your control. Deniers of free will say you are programmed (programmed means fixed) by hidden forces and causes to do what you so they control you and not you them. Some people hold that you are partly controlled but still have free will.
 
Free choice or free will means that I could do bad or good and nothing in me or outside of me makes me do what I do though it may have an influence. Choice or free will implies that nothing makes me do what I do but myself. So free will says I create good or evil and nothing programs me to do it.
 
We reject the view that there is such a thing as free choice or free will. You do choose things – there is no doubt about that - but you only imagine that you could choose other than what you did for the programming inside your head made you will what you willed. So strictly speaking you had no choice. It is a choice only in the sense that that the desires that control you could have made you do the opposite but if all the causes were the same you would do the same thing.
 
Our “choices” are either programmed or not so to say they are programmed means that we are denying free will. (programmed means fixed).
 
If we are not programmed or caused to choose what we choose then it follows that our choices are uncaused (come out of nowhere) and are us working miracles.
 
The doctrine that our choices are not out of programming but come out of nowhere does not defend free will at all though it seems to. If my choices come from nowhere then they are something that happen to me at random and are nothing to do with me. No attempt to explain how we can be to blame for what we do really works so free will is impossible.
 
We know that all people are programmed by their past and present environment and by their genes to do what they do and they cannot do other than that though they feel as if they can so choice does not exist. The thinking that we do before we act and the feeling free while we perform the act are part of the programming.
 
We feel free because we do what we desire and our desires are programmed so what we do is programmed too. It is vital that that feeling be respected for it is crucial to happiness. When desires cause actions it is only natural that we will feel free because we feel we do what we want to do. What we feel has no relevance whatsoever in resolving the free will dispute.