Atheist Chaplin Believes You Don't Need God to be Caring, Loving People.

This is SO wrong. Stop! Stop it! We’re not a congregation, we’re not another church! We atheists are a diverse group of people, our only common denominator is our lack of belief in any god.

Of course we don’t need a god to be good. In fact, we are good people (or rather most of us are) because it is the right thing to do, because it feels good to be good, because it is best for our societies.

Get a grip, people! This is the kind of thing that makes the gullible and delusional people think that atheism is a religion.

Also, we’re not here to change other people’s minds or their belief system against their will.

The best way to teach is by example.

Be the kind of person you would admire, make a difference by being the best you can be, and go live your life.

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4 thoughts on “Atheist Chaplin Believes You Don't Need God to be Caring, Loving People.

  1. I think that story is full of spin. From what he was saying, 99% of which I agree in, he was just saying be good. I think the news story is skewed against atheism from the OPENING line. I wouldn’t put too much credence in it Monica. I agree with you though:

    “Be the kind of person you would admire, make a difference by being the best you can be, and go live your life.”

    Exactly!

  2. I don’t get why you’re so against the notion of atheists getting together to share thoughts, feelings and a sense of community, and pooling their resources and time in support of good causes. Religion means belief in god or gods — just because a group has something to do with that, namely the OPPOSITE of that, doesn’t make it a religion. Call it a club instead of a congregation if you want. I don’t personally see what harm it could do for some religious folks who don’t know how to read the dictionary to mistakenly say “Hah, I KNEW you were a religion!”

    Atheistclimber, in what way do you think the story was skewed against atheism? Maybe I’m too drunk on the kool-aid to see criticism when it’s biting me in the nose, bite I don’t see how this story gave anything but a positive impression of atheism.

    And another hear hear to “Be the kind of person you would admire, make a difference by being the best you can be, and go live your life.”

    • Maybe it was in the way they intoned their voices like

      “… a controversial argument, that you can be good without God (!?!)”
      “… trying to create congregations of non-believers all over the country”

      I am always cynical of news… whatever, I kind of agree with you too, but the language is important. Don’t call it a “congregation” call it a club or whatever. I don’t want what I do to be made equivalent to the dogmatic practices of a religious group, because it’s not.

      Anyway, maybe I’m just jaded.

  3. I disagree with the premise that as atheists we require leaders. We’re better off without them.

    But he did make some good points and zeroed in on the nature of being good without a supreme being so I’m happy with that at least despite all the spin. It’s a baby step though we still need to be critical of the way these stories are usually put together.

    It would have helped if he’d made a biological case for that and backed it up with some evidence but it would hardly surprise me if that had been left on the cutting room floor. All the more reason we need to do these kinds of things ourselves. Youtube is making a difference.

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