Atheism: What It Is and What It Isn’t

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By Jordan Martinez

Non-believers are not Devil-worshipers, nor are they inherently terrible people. This article provides a list of common misconceptions regarding atheism, or the lack of belief in a God or gods, from the perspective of an actual atheist.

Say the word aloud, and you will likely get some unapproving glances, especially in the United States of America, a country allegedly founded as a Christian nation. A mere mentioning of the word “atheism” results in a visceral reaction among the Christian population. There is an overwhelming amount of misconceptions regarding atheism, and it is time to put an end to the myths. Here is a list of the top three misconceptions about atheism:

1. It’s Just Another Religion

Did you know that not collecting stamps is a hobby or not smoking is a habit? As ridiculous as this sounds, there is an erroneous idea that atheism is a religion. A non-belief in a God or gods is all atheism is; Atheists do not worship an entity. They simply reject all beliefs associated with a deity.

2. So, You Believe in Nothing?

At first blush, this question seems perfectly logical. You don’t worship a divine being or hold to a specific doctrine, so you must not believe in anything. Well, it’s not that simple. Let’s visit the definition of atheism once more: a disbelief in the existence of God or gods. This implies that one can be an atheist but still possess spiritual beliefs, believe in horoscopes, conspiracy theories, etc.

3. If You’re an Atheist, You Just Want to Live in Sin

This is perhaps one of the most offensive statements a believer can make to a non-believer. Are there some heartless, awful atheists in the world? Of course, but they are the minority. Ironically, many atheists walked away from their previous religious life because they could no longer support the messages of hate the devoutly religious often perpetuate in the name of their God or gods. A quick Google search will reveal many atheists who dedicate their life to philanthropic work without a religious agenda.


Atheism is just another belief system that society must accept. The worst a person could do is force their beliefs on any individual, so let Atheism have its place in society- as just another belief system.

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