On this page I will try to answer the most common questions posed to atheists about their beliefs (or lack thereof), as well as respond to the myriad of myths perpetrated by many believers.
Frequently Asked Questions
“Where did morality come from, if not from God?”
That’s right, evolution saw to that. In order for humanity to be able to further its own species, certain behaviors and inclinations arose that became beneficial in propagating humanity: most important of which is the natural distaste for murder that nearly all members of our species share. Without these qualities, the human species would have died out long ago. Therefore, it was the need to endure as a species that brought about morality.
Myths and Misconceptions
“Hitler/Stalin/Etc were atheists.”
That couldn’t be further from the truth. Many religious people will claim that Hitler or Stalin were atheists, and somehow use that as evidence that atheism leads to bad things (more on that later).
Hitler was a Roman Catholic. In his youth he was an altar boy and fully confirmed with the church. Years after writing Mein Kampf, Hitler is quoted as saying, “I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so.” Never did he leave the church — in fact, Mein Kampf never appears on the church’s Index of Forbidden Books.
What of Stalin? In his time, Communism was in and of itself a religion. It was anti-religious only in the sense that it forbade any religions beside itself.
“Without religion, people would have no morals and would have a free ticket to do whatever they wanted.”
Look at any atheist. Hell, look at the general prison population. On average, less than 1% of the prison population identifies themselves as non-theist. If we’re going to throw around silly logical fallacies, then why don’t we come to the absurd conclusion that religion causes violence and criminal behavior?
You will almost never hear an atheist condemn religion for contributing to the criminal element in society. On the same token, a lack of religious belief does not automatically make one more prone to criminal behavior. And if you think morals come from religions, then see above.
If you wish to submit your own questions (those that are posed quite often enough to be included), myths and misconceptions, please leave a comment below!