As an outspoken Atheist, I find the terrible reputation that Atheism receives to be completely and totally irrational. There are countless arguments against the simple belief that there is no god and each one is just as ridiculous as the last. Some of the most common arguments include the idea that the belief in a higher power is necessary to be a moral person or how religions such as Christianity or Islam teach nothing but good things. These arguments are nothing but complete contradictions to reality. Not only are there multiple benefits to being an atheist, but there are just as many terrible drawbacks to the religions that seem to spew the most prejudice toward the Atheist group.
Atheism and the Theory of Evolution
Many people will make the argument that Atheism and the Theory of Evolution aren’t connected in any way, which is true in one sense. However, Atheism and the acceptance of the Theory of Evolution go hand and hand for one simple reason: It is impossible to accept the belief of Christianity, Islam, Judaism or most other organized religions without in fact denying the Theory of Evolution. This is why it is common for people who accept the Theory of Evolution to also an Atheist or Agnostic.
This brings us to the first benefit of being an Atheist or “Free Thinker”. There are no unnecessary roadblocks when it comes to scientific advancement. People who follow an organized religion almost always refuse to accept an idea that happens to contradict their own personal beliefs. This is a very dangerous mentality and a very powerful type of ignorance that doesn’t plague the Atheist community.
“The belief in god is necessary to be a moral person”.
I always get a bit of a chuckle out of this statement. It isn’t because atheists have been statistically proven to be the least violent group of people in the country. (as well as most intelligent, least likely to divorce and have the best questioning ability).
The reason I find this statement so funny is because of the irony that it’s made out of. If I’m not mistaken, the number one cause of death in this world has always been “God”. The amount of blood that has been shed in the name of various deities is mind-blowing. Not to mention the discrimination, intolerance, and bigotry that the scripture in the three major holy books preaches. There are no holy books that atheists follow, so we make moral decisions for ourselves, which seems to work a lot better than to blindly follow everything that comes out o the bible.
In conclusion, the rumors that claim atheists are immoral people are ridiculous. Following an organized religion is a dangerous action. They preach discrimination towards those who are different and teach their followers to deny scientific theories such as evolution. Atheism is simply a belief for those who have the questioning ability necessary to deny what is usually forced on us at such a young age.