I am a new member and just wanted to say hello! I received the intro email and noticed in the signature that our site is dedicated, in part, to: "...breaking the misconceptions about atheism." I was just curious as to what these misconceptions may be?
Looking forward to talking with you all :)
Hi Chris, welcome to TA.
People could have all kinds of misconceptions.
Common ones are -
And for the uncommon ones, well with the kind of crazy theists who come around here on TA, who knows what kinds of lies they have cooked up about us atheists in their heads.
Welcome to TA!
There are a number of common misconceptions, some of which have already been listed.
The ones I run into most often are:
Atheists really believe in God, they just claim not to so that they can sin and not feel like they will be held accountable.
Atheists have no morals because morals only come from God/Allah/etc.
Atheists claim that they are 100% certain that there is no god.
Atheists are angry at God.
Atheists worship Satan.
Atheists worship science.
Atheists are miserable and cannot be happy. (Usually because of a 'Jesus-shaped hole' in their hearts)
Atheists are nihilists.
Atheists do not believe in anything.
Atheism is a religion.
Atheists turned away from God because of some tragedy or hurt in our past.
I wouldn't say I worship science, but it does have some pretty good arguments to get me thinking.
Also their view of knowledge doesn't help.
1 Cor 1:18-31 (Phi) The preaching of the cross is, I know, nonsense to those who are involved in this dying world, but to us who are being saved from that death it is nothing less than the power of God. It is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the prudence of the prudent will I reject." For consider, what have the philosopher, the writer, and the critic of this world to show for all their wisdom? Has not God made the wisdom of this world look foolish? For it was after the world in its wisdom had failed to know God, that he in his wisdom chose to save all who would believe by the "simple- mindedness" of the gospel message. For the Jews ask for miraculous signs and the Greeks an intellectual panacea, but all we preach is Christ crucified--a stumbling-block to the Jews and sheer nonsense to the gentiles... for God's "foolishness" is wiser than men.... But God has chose what the world calls foolish to shame the wise... that no man may boast in the presence of God.... And this makes us see the truth of the scripture: "He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
Here's a fairly decent online article that talks about some of the misconceptions about atheism:
And another similar list: