Atheism UK’s Key Principles

The following key Principles inform our policies and decisions.

Humans have fabricated religion

  • God or gods are concepts created by humans, and do not exist, except in the mind of the individual.
  • Religious beliefs do not exist in isolation; they are propagated from one person to another.
  • Children are not born with any religious beliefs or affiliations; these are imposed.

Morality develops independently of religion

  • There is no divine moral authority.
  • Although atheism is not a source of morality, it frees morality from corruption by religion.

Religion and superstition inhibit 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.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Alan Matthews

    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.

  2. Terry

    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.

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