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
ON OPTIMISM

What I think today will determine what I think and feel tomorrow so I can make myself happy by making my thinking more positive from now on. I must see advantages and make advantages of everything bad that happens to me and I must see that good side as the biggest and the downside as insignificant.

Positive thinking is the key to a proper perception of right and wrong behaviour and to the implementation of a code of civilized behaviour that will appeal to people and stir them to goodness. If I am happy I will not need to steal or tell unnecessary lies or to bed somebody elseís partner or to commit murder. Living a good life and being a blessing to others can be fun! Itís fun when you know how! The only rule is that the positive thinking must be firmly realistic for it will not pay to believe you will get a job that there is a thousand applicants for. That kind of positive thinking can bear bad fruit in disappointment. The kind of positive thinking you should have is that you might get the job and should get it for you are a terrific person and if you get an offer its brilliant but if you are unsuccessful then you will learn from the experience and move on and you at least tried very well and your feelings will be fine and you will be determined to get something else.

Optimism that prevents us from working to make the world a better place is a disorder because you will feel more strongly that the world can be improved if you try to help it to improve.
 
How can we be optimists if there is no God to shower blessings on us in the future? If we love ourselves we will find that our love draws many amazing blessings to us so that we cannot be anything but trusting that the future will be good. Our philosophy of life gives us the power to change the world. Good gives birth to more good so our legacy of love will spiral into hearts that have not been born yet and will do so as long as there are people on this planet. We forget the indirect consequences of our goodness and how powerful we are and how much we should be proud of ourselves. We see only the short-term effects. Let us focus our mindís eye and gaze into the mists of the future. We have to be either optimists or pessimists and it is certainly better to be optimistic. It feels better.
 
Do not worry about bad experiences coming your way. They will give you interest in life, they will give you something to entertain yourself by talking about them and thinking about them.
 
Not everything you do with the best intentions that goes wrong is a mistake. Other people and chance can get in the way and spoil your good plan. People who succeed have not succeeded because they were better and smarter than you but because by chance they did the right things and learned the right things at the right time. Do not see mistakes where there are none and you will learn to be understanding. Never feel inferior. It only puts you down and makes you reluctant to succeed. That is one reason why belief in God is harmful and sows the seeds of violence because he is so great and you are meant to see yourself as a worm in comparison.