Courtesy of an idea from Hemant Mehta at Friendly Atheist, I’ve decided to create this page specifically to field questions regarding atheism. While his idea, implemented through the Secular Student Alliance, aimed at manning stations on campuses for a particular day (April 13th,) I decided to simply leave this page in place semi-perpetually. Nothing will be censored or removed save abject spamming, nothing will go unanswered unless I get overwhelmed. And believe me, I enjoy challenges, so fire away!
Bear in mind that this will only be, naturally, one person’s perspective (though if any others want to chime in, they should feel free,) and thus should not be taken to represent the unified front of Atheism, Inc. – there is no such thing. Opinions may vary.
Also, short questions sometimes require longer answers, so have at least a little patience. I was going to throw in the caveat that the questions be honest, something that you actually want an answer to, but you know what? That’s not necessary – if you think you can stump me with a “deep” question, throw it down!
If your question doesn’t show within a few hours, send me an e-mail through the Contact Page – it probably got snagged as spam somehow, and I’ll correct this.
You may also want to look at some of the things I’ve posted in the past, which may answer the questions you have. It’s not necessary – I’ll link to them if they fit your questions ;-). But it might save us both some time:
But How?, an ongoing series of posts dealing with what a scientific standpoint can tell us about aspects of belief and behavior; Many of the posts in the Reference category, because these usually address common arguments and should be found easily; But what if I’m wrong?, a post about Pascal’s Wager – see also the follow-up, Bigger stakes than that; On belief, part one, part two, and part three, examinations of what forms religious faith seems to take fairly often; Science and religion, and why the debate about compatibility is ill-advised; Does science lead to atheism? A common question that isn’t as simple as it sounds, and the answer follows suit; Evolution issues, which examines why evolution seems to be the whipping boy among a significant majority of religious folk; Changing the rules, illustrating why many atheists find discussions of religion to be too narrow in focus; Not as I do, on accommodationism and stridency; Hooray! I scored a “Not Negative!”, about the curious concept of negative evidence; People actually study this?, examining the approach of virtually all theology; On the plus side, response to a challenge to name the positive aspects of atheism.
Otherwise, fire off your question in the comments below!
To get things started and illustrate the format, the first question is simply a repeat of an extremely common one that, amazingly, still gets asked.