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Atheism: the absence of belief in deities.

Respectfulness: Recognising that freedom of speech & thought isn't a reason to dictate what others should/shouldn't believe.

      It feels a bit strange making this, because to me 'atheist' isn't really a necessary title - no more so than referring to yourself as a 'non-architect' if your profession isn't in architecture, for example. The name only really exists to distinguish us in our generally-religious society, and I hope that most atheists try to be as respectful as possible to religious people who are non-offensive with their ideas (and vice versa). I feel atheism can be misunderstood sometimes, having witnessed and come up against a lot of stigma about it, so I created this to explain a few things from my personal point of view!

      There can be negativity surrounding atheism, and I totally agree that some can be very offensive with their thoughts about religion. As with all strong viewpoints it can be the rudest who are loudest, and perfectly well-meaning religions are also often misrepresented by aggressively outspoken individuals. In a lot of cases it's down to the kind of person they are, rather than what god they do or don't believe in.
      The most common form of atheism is agnostic atheism, whereby a person does not believe in god(s) but acknowledges they cannot be entirely disproved. We understand that absence of evidence doesn't = 
evidence of absence. Without meaning to sound rude at all, it's just as difficult to prove there isn't a giant invisible polkadot space octopus floating around that controls our dreams - since if the universe really is infinite, technically nothing can be fully dismissed! I personally don't condone asking believers for 'proof of God' though, because I know their faith is enough for them - they don't need to justify it any other way to others - but that's what you see disrespectful atheists doing.
You can also be an agnostic theist: which is to believe in god(s), but also acknowledge they can't truly be proven to exist.
Gnostic theists/atheists, on the other hand, assert that they know there is/isn't a god.
There is another term that many non-religious people use: apatheism, which is the state of not caring whether or not deities exist because the answer doesn't affect their life as they live it anyway.
      I'd say that makes me an apatheistic agnostic atheist! c:

Some points about atheism:
  • Atheism is no more a religion itself than 'not skiing' is a hobby. It isn't a set of beliefs, there is no doctrine, we don't have 'atheist prophets' (in fact a lot of us think people like Richard Dawkins, who just condescendingly insult religion, are prats) and it doesn't define a way of life or thinking. This is why 'atheist' is more of an adjective than a noun (to me anyway) - atheism isn't an organised group of people like religions are.

  • Atheism ≠ 'anti-religion': even if some atheists are against religion, that's not what defines us.

  • You don't have to be atheist to be a keen scientist or agree with scientific theories, and doing so doesn't make you atheist. Many people happily accept scientific ideas into a religious world-view, and many scientists are religious! Science and atheism just tend to go hand-in-hand because it provides the alternative explanations which sit better with a non-religious view of our existence: and there's no such thing as 'Religion vs. Science' anyway! The scientific method only tries to find out what we can about the physical universe, it doesn't actively seek to destroy religious ideas.

  • Atheism (or at least agnosticism) is the most common standpoint among my generation in the UK, so I probably feel more free to speak about it than somebody living in a more religious society. Always bear in mind how different social norms can be!

Some common misconceptions answered:
  • "Atheists lack morality." We may not follow any doctrine, but as humans we are all generally bestowed with basic common sense and a moral compass. I don't think anybody needs a book or regular sermons to tell them that unkindness, theft and killing are wrong - this seems obvious, but it's incredible how many times I've been called 'immoral' on the basis of my atheism by people who know nothing else about me.

  • "Atheists are just scared of God." We can't be scared of something we don't believe in. This is the same as accusing a Christian of being afraid of the Norse god Thor, on the basis that they don't have faith he exists.

  • "Atheists aren't living for anything." Faith isn't all there is to life: separate factors govern our well-being, motivation and happiness. I, like many, just don't personally have a space for religion to fill - and we're no worse-off for that. I'm living for myself, my friendships, and all the wonderful things to experience on Earth!

  • "Atheists need to be saved/prayed for." This is an opinion some devoted religious people may hold very strongly, and I can see how it's well-meaning - but as it's not at all what we believe, it can feel like you're being condescending or trying to dictate how we should live and think. Please refrain from trying to force an atheist round to your personal views if they make it clear they don't want you to - but if you really want to pray for them because it puts your mind at ease, feel free to do so privately. Telling an atheist "I'll pray for you" can come across as passive aggressive or patronising, even if not intended!

      Everybody thinks in a completely individual way, holds their own opinions, and is fulfilled by different things. Our actions as people and the way we treat others define us far better than our beliefs, so judging someone purely on their faith or lack thereof is something I'll never condone. I fully accept that some people feel happiest with faith in their lives: and I wish more people, both atheist and religious, could understand the fact that religious beliefs are deeply personal so should neither be attacked nor imposed upon others.

      I personally love seeing people made happy and fulfilled by their religious and spiritual beliefs, even though it's different to what fulfils me :love:

      To sum up, I doubt atheists would feel like they needed a voice at all if it weren't for the fact religious extremists sometimes stand in the way of progress and cause discrimination/violence in the name of their god(s), or if we didn't come up against the above kinds of stigma just for not believing in deities. In the broadest sense, all secular-thinking atheists like me really care about is improved knowledge, free-thinking and fairness in the world: you can be religious and want exactly the same of course!!

Thanks if you read all of this, and please feel free to ask questions!
This Wiki article has even more info on atheism, and why people choose to be atheist.

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Technologykid Featured By Owner 5 hours ago
I don’t care what people believe or don’t believe in. As long as they are nice, and accept others beliefs/non beliefs, then they are cool in my book. If a man likes to live his life believing that there is no god, that’s absolutely fine with me. Same with religious and agnostic people. I myself am agnostic, but I truly want atheists and believers to just accept each other, and be nice toward each other. Nice to know that you’re a respectable atheist as well.
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NinthTome Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Honestly most Atheists I've met have treated me poorly for being a Theist and been very rude, even though I've always been respectful to Atheists myself, so it's a welcome change to meet respectful Atheists, and wish more were respectful.
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ToritheGlory Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist
I’m no atheist, but great stamp! I know a lot of kind, respectful atheists
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GiftShop Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2018
STUPID STAMP STUPID I HATE IT

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Marbletism Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
Please don't
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ailerie Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
using ^
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EnderDurant Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Using! <3
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Queen-Kitten Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
Using this!
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RainyEvangeline Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Hello! I'm doing an essay comparing secular and Christian media and I was wondering if you could answer some questions of mine so that I am being fair in my essay. I don't want to have a conversation on whether God exists or not and I'm not here to convert you.
Thanks, Evangeline.

(Nice stamp by the way! It's really great to learn about the other side of things.)
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MuerteVerde27 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Using for sure! 
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PoodleXolo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
using :3
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Kettterer Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018
Am I atheist if I have my own beliefs, and do not believe in the Bible?
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EyeOfShadows Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose
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Kettterer Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018
That's fine with me. I'm okay with that.
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cxsmlcz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019
do u have a belief in a higher power? if you do, then no you are not an atheist
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Kettterer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019
Wow, my comment is old and outdated, I don't even know how to respond...
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KimmiCatGreenTea Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
using
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WaterOrbCat Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
could you make a theist version of this 

if you dont know 
theist is basically someone who believes in everything but the books and peigambers ( ı dont know if thats what you call them but for example Hz.Musa is a peigamber , Hz.Muhammed is a peigamber and according to msulims jesus is also a peigamber )
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DandelionGenerator Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Vay amk 3 kere yazmışım burdan Türk Telekomun amk
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DandelionGenerator Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Peygamber = Prophet
Bişey değil kardeşim :D
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WaterOrbCat Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks ^^
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DandelionGenerator Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
What you mean by peigamber is a prophet :D
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DandelionGenerator Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
What you mean by peigamber is prophets
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weas-el Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Student Artist
could you do one about agnostics?
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Dahviesangel Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have a respectful Christian one? 
I respect everyone's religious views. Thanks!
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AlfredBeilschmidt Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg yes we need them c: 
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Inesenni Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Student General Artist
Using since I'm an atheist now
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kittnen Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Never mind I saw the description
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kittnen Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
How do I use stamps?
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TavernSteak Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Using ^^
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PsionicsKnight Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Student Writer
Well, this is a very beautiful stamp, even if it doesn't fully apply to me. :)

I'm really sorry as well if you've been hurt because of these views. It's really sad for me to see that; not because getting hurt means you're less likely to see my views as "right", but because it's disgusting that people will dehumanize you for simply believing differently.

Still, I'm really happy you did this, and I'm also really happy to see you are willing to not only say you could be wrong but that you are saying that a certain belief does not make you inherently good or evil. I know that most atheists, and I would say most people in general, think that way, but when I see fundamentalists on both sides, it can... just get either really rage-inducing or depressing.

Keep up the good work with these! :D
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TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Edited Mar 7, 2018  Student General Artist
I'm respectful of people's beliefs only if those beliefs are respectable in the first place. :P
If someone's beliefs encourage needless suffering or violence, or if they think that their religious beliefs have a place in real life issues such as abortion then I will have a problem with them though. 
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Mereby1 Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
you need the stickism religion.
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TheArtFrog Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Student General Artist
What is stickism?
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Mereby1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018
A religion back in the 60's.
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TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Student General Artist
What were its main tenets?
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Mereby1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018
1. It has only 1 God

2. they belief the world was created in 7 weeks and 10 months.

3. They believe the water was made out of his saliva.

4. They believe Atheism is ok.
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using this on my deviantID thank you for making it 
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using.
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Sifgtymilk Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Thank you so much~
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EnderPonPearl Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Student General Artist
Using!

it bothers me that people think all those things about atheists, as if they were all like that, they always think '' atheists are satanic '' and shit, atheists are simply people who do not believe in any deity, but, as I said earlier , they believe that we are evil incarnate.

my brother and I are atheists, at school my classmates know and respect him, I wish my family were like that ...

my whole family is Catholic, or Christian, I do not remember, the only person in my family who knows my atheism is my older sister, I would not like it at all if my parents found out, with my mother I do not think there would be any problem, but with my father would be something else, one day I said: '' god does not exist '' and he did not take it very well ...

I wish that in the world people stop despising each other for these things, everyone has their beliefs, why can not respect them?
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PsionicsKnight Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Student Writer
Forgive me for barging in, but I just had to talk about this.

I'm really sorry that's happened to you. :( I mean... I can't quite fully understand exactly since I technically share my family's religious values, but I know how hurtful it can be to be outcasted from your family due to your beliefs. And, if I had to be honest, my family has treated me like scum as well for not believing exactly what they do.

As for why it happens; while I can't give a full answer in every case, the main reason I think is that there's just a tribal mentality people have where "You are With Us or Against Us" and sadly it spills over into areas that it shouldn't. Plus, there are just people who don't or won't respect, consider, or tolerate others views; it's really sad, but I guess there's not much we can do but just learn from their mistakes and hope not only that we don't repeat them, but that they come to their senses.

If you ever want to talk about it, I'm available.
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EnderPonPearl Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Student General Artist
..thanks fam
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PsionicsKnight Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Student Writer
You're welcome. :)
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