Atheist Meme of the Day: Believers Should Understand Cognitive Errors

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If you care whether the things you believe are true — including religious or spiritual beliefs — you should understand cognitive errors and biases that commonly lead the human mind to false conclusions. And you should be willing to subject your beliefs to rigorous scrutiny, to filter out these biases as much as possible. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Atheist Meme of the Day: Modern Theology is Bunk

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“You haven’t studied modern theology” is a terrible argument against atheism. Many atheists have studied modern theology… and found it very much wanting. It either dresses up the same old bad arguments in prettier language, or it defines God so abstractly it’s indistinguishable from atheism. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Atheist Meme of the Day: Intuition Is Not Good Evidence

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“I feel it in my heart” is not a good argument for God. Intuition is valuable, but it’s deeply flawed, and when it comes to figuring out what is and isn’t true about the non-subjective world, it needs to be backed up by carefully gathered, rigorously tested evidence. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Atheist Meme of the Day: No Good Evidence for the God Hypothesis

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There is no better evidence for God than there is for unicorns, fairies, Zeus, or the three- inch- tall pink pony behind my sofa who instantly teleports to Guam the moment anyone looks back there. If you don’t treat those ideas as plausible, you shouldn’t treat the God hypothesis as plausible, either. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheism Is Not Faith

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Atheism is not just as much a matter of faith as religion. Atheism is a provisional conclusion, based on the currently available evidence. If atheists see better evidence for God in the future, we’ll change our minds. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheism Is Not Nihilistic

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Atheism is not nihilistic, cynical, or despairing. Most atheists experience great meaning and joy in our lives, and are passionate about engaging with the world and making it a better place. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Atheist Meme of the Day: No Right to Not Have Your Beliefs Questioned

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“People have a right to their beliefs” is a terrible argument against atheist activism. Of course people have a right to believe whatever they like. But people don’t have a right to never have their beliefs questioned and criticized. We question and criticize all other kinds of ideas — why should religion be the exception? Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Atheist Meme of the Day: Unexplained Does Not Mean Supernatural

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“We don’t currently understand X” is not a good argument for why X must be caused by God or the supernatural. In thousands of years of human history, the supernatural has never once been shown to be the right answer to any unanswered question. Why would we assume it’s the right answer to anything we currently don’t understand? Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Atheist Meme of the Day: Criticism Is Not Intolerance

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It is not intolerant or dogmatic to say, “I think I’m right, and here’s why.” And that applies to atheists. It is just as reasonable for atheists to question and criticize religion as it for anyone to question and criticize any idea about how the world works. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.