I really wish I could just leave it at that. Maybe post a funny story about Einstein instead, or show you some cute pictures of our cats.
But I suppose I can’t just leave it at that.
Here’s the thing. One of the most common accusations aimed at atheists is that atheism is an article of faith, a belief just like religion. Because atheism can’t be proven with absolute 100-percent certainty, the accusation goes, therefore not believing in God means taking a leap of faith — a leap of faith that’s every bit as irrational and unjustified as religion.
It’s a little odd to have this accusation hurled in such an accusatory manner by people who supposedly respect and value faith. But that’s a puzzle for another time. Today, I want to talk about a different puzzle — the puzzle of what atheism really is, and how it gets so misunderstood.
Thus begins my new piece on AlterNet, Is Atheism A Belief? To find out more about why, exactly, atheism is not a belief — and about how the muddy definition of the whole concept of “belief” turns this topic into a complicated, slippery mess — read the rest of the piece. Enjoy!