As I write this, I know I’m going to lose friends. My social media outlets are inundated primarily with Christian voices. Maybe they’re not all strict in their adherence to faith, but they are believers.
I’m not. I’m an atheist, and although the very definition of this term explains it all (a person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods.), I’ll do my best to spell it out because there always seems to be some lingering confusion:
I don’t believe in a higher power. I don’t believe in souls. I don’t believe in an afterlife. I don’t believe that Jesus was anything more than a charismatic religious leader. I don’t believe in the devil. I don’t believe in angels. I don’t believe my loved ones are looking down on me from above. I don’t believe in ghosts. I don’t believe in miracles that are perpetuated through prayer and a higher power.
I believe in the human capacity for evil. I believe in the human ability to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles because of our inherent desire to live and thrive. I believe that we’re all here by chance. I believe in incredible coincidences. I believe that when I die, I’ll simply cease to exist.
I’m not a Satanist, because (again) I don’t believe in Satan. I have simply chosen to live my life without faith in a god or gods. I’ve chosen science. I’ve chosen to fight for true secularism in America. I’ve chosen to add my voice to the atheist community because there’s too many of us who are scared to speak out due to fear of persecution or abandonment by our friends and families.
I’m excited to connect with fellow atheists and engage in discussion with those who have differing viewpoints. Please feel free to share and comment with topics you’d like me to broach. In addition to adding my voice to the atheist movement, I’ll be discussing the human rights issues that are a huge part of my work and daily life.
Upcoming posts will include: the anti-choice movement, answers to the questions I’m commonly asked by believers, and the problem with missionaries. Stay tuned.