Sep 25 2013

Online atheist forums

The Atheist Experience gets a lot of email. Way more email than we can possibly respond to. In some cases, one person will write to us many times, seeing us as a sort of atheist pen pal. Although I enjoy filling that role sometimes, most of the time we’re stretched too thin to be a personal atheist mentor. In those cases, we often advise people to find a message board or a Facebook group to join instead. There are lots of people willing to talk there.

While this is by no means an exhaustive list, it is a good way to get started if you’re not able to meet atheist friends in person, and you’d like some online contact.

Message boards

Facebook groups

Other groups

General sites of interest

There will undoubtedly be lots more suggestions in the comments.


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    I’m an admin at this one: Secular CafĂ©

  2. 2

    Sometimes I’ll have internal debates about things that are going on during watching your show. Usually that leads to sending myself emails with the header: “From Russell/Matt/Company”. You guys almost always agree with what I say, and I find myself in agreement with what you say. Keep up the good work!

  3. 3

    This forum is not an atheist forum per se, but has a large atheist population:


    I used to be active on it a long time ago. At the time, all of the debates were very civil, respectful, and occasionally quite interesting. Even the cranks were of a higher caliber.

    I haven’t been on there in a long time, so it may have deteriorated since then, but still, the site is worth checking out.

    1. 3.1

      I was a long-time member there as well, still am, I suppose, but it’s really become pointless to try to debate there because they have allowed theists to violate the rules. They had a rule on the books that said that all claims had to be backed up with evidence or reason, but theists had massive problems doing so and didn’t even bother and the mods got tired of responding to complaints so they just allowed theists to make whatever claims they wanted and they will moderate against anyone who pushes too hard for them to back up their claims.

      So while I agree, it’s very civil and respectful, it’s not a place you can actually do any debating with theists.

  4. 4

    atheismplus.com … Although its undergoing a DNS change atm so may be forwarding to an IP address :-/

    1. 4.1

      A+ Forum? Is there anybody left on that forum, or are all the members on the banned list by now? ;)

      1. Jasper of Maine

        It only takes a small peek to see there’s still activity recent across the board.

        1. mike

          I peeked and got banned….

          1. Alicia


          2. changerofbits

            Mike, and do you wonder why they’re a bit sensitive? And what are you trying to accomplish by taking a stab at them on a thread meant to provide linkd to communities that atheist people can use?

          3. Alicia

            So, what happened and what is A plus exactly–I know it vagely, but…

  5. 5

    Another one: the Freethought and Rationalism Discussion Board

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    I used to admin for WeAreSMRT.com (We are Skeptical Minds and Rational Thinkers), It grew out of a group called Raytractors that all met on Ray Comfort’s Blog and needed a coping mechanism and open place to talk. It was a great place to talk and there are a lot of good people over there.

  7. 7

    I’m not a member or hang out there, but Seth has an active forum over at:


    1. 7.1

      Looooove Seth–he has a live show on Tuesday. I’ve called in a few times…Seth is such a doll!

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    Awesome–thank you so much for this. If ya’ll want to check out a few atheistic opinions form a black, female perspective please check me out–I love the discourse;

  9. 9

    Can atheists believe in prophecies? Because the prophecies published on this website come true.

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