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
HOW WE MUST SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS

Every Humanist must show everybody who will listen that Humanism is true. Some may prefer to spread the word anonymously and in secret and that is fine but everybody has to do something. Always start by getting others to see that they should listen to points of view that they do not share and that they should think.

Any religion that does not give its adherents the ability to check it out responsibly is a fraud. If it is the right religion it is acting as a fraud would act.
 
It is most important that people know where they can get information when they want it. Works that refute all religious errors must be available to everybody in every area or they must know where they can find such information through advertising and posters. Never forget that our job is to persuade people to think for themselves - nothing more and nothing less. The Gospel According to Atheism must be put in every pair of hands and distributed freely and be available in every public library.

Simple, short and straightforward and polite tracts which should be distributed from door to door or mailed are the secret to defeating religion. That is the preferred method of reaching people for it is less intrusive.

To devote the most time and attention to the most knowledgeable lapsed religionists and share Humanism with the clergy and any who put themselves forward for the ministry is preferable. Make sure you know what they believe or what their Church believes and concentrate on the foundational issues, their main doctrines, one of which will usually be the existence of a loving creator, only and never attack but engage in a gentle and understanding conversation and let the other person talk.

We do not want everybody to join an organisation called Humanism though we hope that it will happen for it is the ideal - everybody has to do what is right for themselves - but to change their thinking and to get people who are willing to make sure the message of Humanism will be spread.

Humanists must not be pompous or denigrate those who obey reason as they see it and who may believe in free will and a God and judgement as long as they do their best to be rational. For example, we must cooperate with people like Deists who believe in God but not in revelation. We must not antagonise but try to learn from one another. We must be realistic and remember that it will often be the case that nothing more can be done than to instil in people a sincere and open reverence for reason. Once that is instilled a lot can be done to counteract the deadly influence of unreasonableness.