Faith

Atheism UK’s position on faith is as follows:

Firstly, the term ‘faith’ needs some clarification as it is an everyday word that has several meanings depending on the context in which it is used. The following two main dictionary definitions are given as examples of common usage and understanding:

1. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something: this restores one’s faith in politicians.

2. Strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

The New Oxford Dictionary of English.

Atheism UK is solely concerned with religious faith as described in definition 2 above.

Faith is belief without evidence. Particularly in a religious context, it can be belief despite evidence to the contrary. An example of this is faith that God created all life on Earth no more than 6,ooo years ago (Creationism), despite the overwhelming scientific evidence for evolution by natural selection over billions of years.

Evidence can be scientifically investigated, supported or refuted. Faith through religious indoctrination or ‘spiritual apprehension’ does not, by its very nature, provide any credible evidence to investigate.

Religious apologists often use faith as evidence for their theistic claims (sometimes referred to as the ‘argument from faith’). This is meaningless. Faith, by its very nature, provides no evidence whatever and exists solely in the mind of the believer.

Atheism UK’s ultimate goal is the end of religious faith – the false and irrational belief that God exists – and of religion, the social manifestation of faith.

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2 Replies to “Faith”

  1. I find your definition of Atheism as defined on this page an interesting one in respect of, ‘Atheism’s ultimate goal is the end of religious faith – the false and irrational belief that God exists – and of religion, the social manifestation of faith’.

    Surely Atheism is more accurately defined as the non acceptance of, or rejection of, of God(s) as the definition of Theism is: ‘belief in the existence of a god or gods, specifically of a creator who intervenes in the universe’. So therefore Atheism is simply A-Theism, that being an absence of a belief in God(s) and nothing more.

    I would describe your quoted definition of Atheism to be more accurately defined as Anti-Theism which would be the pro-active opposition to Theism.

    Whilst I am myself an avowed Atheist of some 53-years (I elected to reject the proposition of God(s) when I was 10-years old – an apostate Roman Catholic if you like), I am of the view that if stupid gullible people wish to believe in sky-fairies then that is up to them as long as they don’t encroach upon me and my own and my family’s well-being.

    However, I now find myself strongly supportive of the Anti-Theist movement due to the worldwide lunacy prevailing which is clearly based upon ‘my non-existent sky-fairy is better than your non-existent sky-fairy’ proposition.

    As these cretinous lunatics (‘religious fuckingmentalists’ as I elect to call them but I’m sure this definition will not get through moderation) kill in the name of their God(s) and wish to kill anyone who does not subscribe to their deranged ideologies then I find myself most certainly adopting a position of describing myself as an Anti-Theist Atheist as the sooner religion is confined to the trash-can the better.

    1. I have replaced Atheism (the name of the original company from March 2009) with Atheism UK (the name of the later revamped company). This to emphasise that we are talking about Atheism UK’s position on faith, not defining atheism.

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