Thursday, March 15, 2012

What is "The Freedom of Nonbelief"?

This blog comes from a thought I had after reading one of Richard Dawkins recent books, most likely The God Delusion.  I was reading this and making the logic steps of when one doesn't believe in one magical thing, the others are very easy to dismiss as well.

This was something I had done naturally at age 10 when I "became" an atheist, but it was still refreshing to read it.  I recall putting the book down and thinking to myself that being an atheist was rather freeing.
There was so much non-sense I could easily dismiss.  Though I deeper reflection I realized that of course that means I had to think everything through.  Sure there are logical leaps that could be made, but I didn't want to always rely on them.  After all, I get mad at the faithful for their adherence to a priori conclusions.

So yes.  Being a skeptic and an atheist is actually a lot of hard work.  You need to ask the questions others won't ask or are too afraid to ask.  You need to be able weigh data and arguments very carefully.  And as a skeptic you need to be willing to say "I was wrong" and find something that fits the data better (and not the otherway around like the faithful do).

Being an atheist is hard work.  But it is also freeing to know your mind and your conclusions are your own.
Not dogma.
Not some Bronze Age set of rules.
Not superstition.

Just freedom of thought.
The Freedom of Nonbelief.