Principles


Atheism UK’s Key Principles

The following key Principles inform our policies and decisions.

Humans have fabricated religion

  • Most religious texts are flawed and as fallible as the humans who wrote them. They must be criticised, challenged and, where appropriate, satirised or denounced.
  • Religious organizations and communities must not receive privileges and immunities, such as tax benefits and protection from criticism or satire, which are denied to the non-religious population.
  • Religious beliefs do not exist in isolation but are propagated from one person to another.

God or gods do not exist

  • Concepts of gods are myths created by humans.
  • There are not two separate realms (the natural and the supernatural), but one (the natural).

Morality develops independently of religion

  • There is no divine moral authority.
  • Although atheism is not in itself a source of morality, it frees morality from corruption by religion.
  • The religious inculcation and indoctrination of children corrupt their morality. Children are not born with any religious beliefs or affiliations; these are imposed.

Religion inhibits rational thought

  • Religion is based on irrationality, superstition and unsubstantiated beliefs.
  • All Religions encourage and perpetuate prejudice, ignorance and intolerance.
  • Religion inhibits critical thinking, discourages scientific enquiry and restricts human progress.

5 Replies to “Principles”

  1. God belief is a mental disease introduced to the gullible and the very young by brainwashing… The use of religious books like the bible should not be used as a book by which to teach any language or to teaching reading and writing.

  2. Faith
    The Catholic catechism, which is indoctrinated into children at an early age, defines faith as ” a supernatural gift of God that enables us to believe without doubting whatever God has revealed”.
    I would define faith as an attitude of mind that enables one to believe without doubting something for which there is no evidence whatsoever and which , in the face of such evidence as is available, is most unlikely to be true. This belief is held with a conviction that is uninfluenced by reason, logic or evidence to the contrary.
    However it is worse than this. It justifies behaviour that in any reasonable ethical system would be regarded as wicked, cruel and barbaric.

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