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24 "Even if religion is not entirely true, at least it puts across important messages. What are the fundamental messages of atheism?"




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This article is from the Atheism FAQ, by mathew meta@pobox.com with numerous contributions by others.

24 "Even if religion is not entirely true, at least it puts across important messages. What are the fundamental messages of atheism?"

There are many important ideas atheists promote. The following are
just a few of them; don't be surprised to see ideas which are also
present in some religions.

* There is more to moral behaviour than mindlessly following rules.
* Be especially sceptical of positive claims.
* If you want your life to have some sort of meaning, it's up to you
to find it.
* Search for what is true, even if it makes you uncomfortable.
* Make the most of your life, as it's probably the only one you'll
have.
* It's no good relying on some external power to change you; you
must change yourself.
* Just because something's popular doesn't mean it's good.
* If you must assume something, assume something easy to test.
* Don't believe things just because you want them to be true.

and finally (and most importantly):
* All beliefs should be open to question.

Thanks for taking the time to read this document.

 

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