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  • As an Atheist, I think people just automatically assume that I'm also a nihilist. It's completely untrue, and to dispel this misconception, I am very vocal about my morals, even if they deviate from the norm.
  • That we think less of people that are religious, as if we are smarter or more clever than they are. Often people assume if I talk about religion to someone of faith, I'm doing it to disprove something or point out logical flaws. I try to prevent that by shutting up and listening, and trying to see their point of view. Usually they appreciate it and return the favor.
  • They think we worship Satan. I haven't done anything...
  • That an atheist is blasphemous ... Not believing in their God does not mean no belief ... the greater power for the atheist may be of another source ... Who is more blasphemous to the Christian, the Muslim, the buddhist or the Atheist ... It's not the atheist who is knocking at your door every Sunday trying to push support for one of the so called God's, whom I might add > has done nothing since our arrival ... If their God had so much power, one would imagine there not be an atheist or the need for other men to be drumming up support to create believers ... So much bad goes on in the world from the existence of man ... and God is never to blame ... Yet, If something wonderful happens, they always praise him for a miracle ... Mans many religions seem to be full of double standards and or contradictions ... There are so many different religions and Gods ... who's to know which is right or wrong, true or false ... It seems through history man has created a religion whenever he pleases to suit himself and or his requirements to control the masses ... Perhaps Atheism is a religion of its own? Don't get me wrong, I do not say there is no greater power ... as I know not, yet I will not be ostracized by another man with a book written by a mere man himself ... At my end, the fait is mine to bare, and it's my conscience alone which will guide me to that end, not the judgement of man via his own writing to enable his control of my life ... I don't want to debate my point or outlook here, this is merely my thought only in order to answer a really good question ... thankyou. Peace
  • The biggest misconception I've seen is that atheists have no morals. It doesn't seem to matter to some theists that I am every bit as moral as they are, and even more so in some ways. I just don't need a bronze-age book of mythology to tell me that it is a bad idea to murder, steal, lie, be jealous, etc. The only thing I can do to dispel this myth is to live as best I can.
  • "Were all goody goody 2 shoes" ;)........ LoL.
  • That Atheism exists solely to thwart God, and that it works in the same ways as Christianity does. Which is not the case at all, as Atheism dismisses all deities or spiritual belief, not just the Christian god.
  • that they don't believe in anything that cannot be proven... My father is an atheist, and believes in the paranormal... But for good reason... It's also believed that just because they don't believe in any "God" of any kind means they're not spiritual... I've known some atheists to be pretty connected with their spiritual selves... (As in meditation and other things... Have any questions on what I mean; feel free to ask) Hope this helps... :D
  • I feel theists believe atheists have no moral guidance, and therefore lack morals, and that we are missing something in our lives by not having faith in a god. It's difficult to dispel those beliefs because theists truly believe that without belief in god, you must be missing something and that without god what have we to give us moral standards, to me this says more about theists than atheists.
  • I was under the impression that 'theist' was the opposite of an atheist. The biggest misconception that theists have about atheists is the definition of atheism. People take their misguided definition of the word, warp it, flame it on youtube and then state it as fact. I try to inform people of the definitions of many words. However people are ignorant tards.
  • The biggest paradox is that the God may exist or not exist, at least in comprehensible form, but the BELIEF in God gives a tremendous competitive advantage to a group, which benifit from the particular belief system. Belief in God has been heavily supported in human biology, by a special area in the frontal lobe. The common misconcept of atheists and non-atheists together, is mixing between what is "true" and what is "benificial" for humans. Any dictator knows it. Castaneda suggests an elegant resolution of this paradox, by so called "controlled foolishness".
  • A friend of mine honestly believed that atheists in general like to kill christians. Her church pastor told her this. She was rather frightened when she found out that myself and another mutual friend were atheists, but we have since assured her that we are nice, normal people, and I make an effort to always be pleasant towards her. She has since slightly changed her opinion of atheists, and I hope that she tells some of the other people from her church that I don't actually want to kill them and dine on their innards with satan.
  • Here's a few observations... Some theist seem to think that atheist actually want "something more" in our lives and can't understand that we are satisfied with what we have now. Some theists seem to think we want to "drag them down to hell with us" by forcing our point of view down their throats, when our intent is nothing more than simply discussing a subject rationally. I've met theists who literally think I'm possessed by a demon and they feel the need to "save me" on the spot! Many theist's think atheists want to destroy their "faith". and that we are "tests" they must pass to prove their loyalty to some god or another....sigh! To counter these and other misconceptions I tell theists not to worry - that I am quite tolerant and respectful of their point of view, that they are welcome to believe whatever they want to believe, that I am not in the market for a religion but if I was I'd ask their opinion on the subject. I tell them if they want a rational discussion with me on the subject of religion then I'm more than happy to oblige and promise no strings attached to my arguments.
  • Interesting question. For me there are 3: 1) No atheist ever looked for god or religion. 2) Atheists have no values 3) Atheists have no sense of wonder, awe or appreciation of the beauty and poetry of the universe (I would say "creation" but that's a loaded word) 1 & 3: I can only engage people in discussion and try to show them one atheist - of many - for whom it's not true. 2: I do what I do - but I don't really discuss my values too much because one of them is about singing my own praises too loudly. +5
  • I don't actively tyry to dispel any misconceptions about atheism; I just live my life, however, I would like to mention a few: - 1)Atheists cannot be moral since they don't get their morality from god (the bible, the koran, the church, etc). 2)Atheists are mad at god. 3)Atheists have something wrong with them that god will(if he feels like it) fix so that they can believe. - Here are my answers: - 1)Neither do you. 2)Get a dictionary. 3)Do you listen to yourself when you talk?
  • They seem to assume I chose to be atheist specifically so I could lead a gluttonous, promiscuous, moral-free life instead of wailing and moaning and grovelling in abject disgust of my own sinful nature - or something. So, to dispel that notion I eat lots, drink lots and shag all their daughters (who go off like frogs in a sock!)... ;-)
  • That we all care about what theists believe, and we have no spirituality. I am doing it now.
  • That we are a homogenous group of people with a common ideology or belief akin to that of a religion, albeit an anti-religion.

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