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
THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE

The life of a person is more important than the kind of life they have for it makes no sense to say that it is a good quality of life that is, for that does not tell us why a person should have it. If the good life is important it is because the person comes first and is more valuable.

A life should only be ended when it is the only way to avoid more people dying. I should kill the person who attacks me to kill me if it is not my doing that I am being attacked and if there is no other way to survive.
 
War is only acceptable when it is undoubtedly the only way to stop an unjust aggressor and when without it there would be a greater loss of life. Really just wars happen a lot less than you would be led to believe.
 
Capital punishment is wrong. Belief in God implies that the person is not very valuable for God has made death and you are forbidden to judge God and are expected to encourage him to kill if he wants to so God is a belief fit only for villains for you are more sure that death is real than that he is.

We should be health-conscious. It is obviously better to prolong life than to indulge in needless pleasure that will shorten it. There are other pleasures.

Abortion is not always wrong. Humanism agrees with abortion on demand in the early stages for there is no reason to think that the baby is a human person then. Even if it has a brain it would be too primitive to make it conscious to any important degree. Without meaning to make an insulting comparison, we don't think that animals are as personal as ourselves and many of them are more developed than embryos so opposition to abortion often has more to do with religious obstinacy than real concern for babies. A baby should be aborted when it would be destined for a life of agony. It is wisest in this case to terminate the pregnancy in case it is not a person. Abortion at the later stage is never right unless it is the only way to save the mother's life. If the baby is certainly dying and if the pregnancy is not terminated as soon as possible the mother will be gravely ill, it is right to abort the baby.

Euthanasia, helping an incurably ill person who is dying in great agony on their way to spare them suffering, is wrong but it is not very wrong so it should be tolerated. It is advised, "You never know what kind of new discovery is round the corner. It is better to let them live just in case as unlikely as it will seem." If euthanasia is wrong so is giving a dying patient painkillers that will hasten the onset of death and even more so if we should wait for a possible but nevertheless unlikely cure. Christians say they give the painkillers to stop pain and not to kill so it is not euthanasia. But if life comes first as they say then they have a choice and should let the patient suffer. They practice euthanasia after all. Euthanasia is certainly wrong but should be made a tolerable evil. It is not seriously evil under the right circumstances and if the patient consents. We can't legally forbid everything.

We must help the starving for we are murderers if we do not. Religion collects vast sums of money and won't give away all it can spare for them. It says that saving souls is more important and that is its excuse. But if it really believes in an all-powerful God who never lets his people down it would give all away and trust in his providence. It is different for Humanists to decline to give all away for we need our property and money to spread the word that will reverse the conditioning that leads people to disregard the tables of the starving. Sacrificing all wouldn't help in the long term. The Humanist who does not help to topple religion is a murderer. Even if there could be a supernatural being who will help the poor we have to help them ourselves in case there isn't. Believing in God makes it less evil to neglect them because he loves them and he will intervene eventually.