An Atheist's Creed

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From PZ Myers:

    An atheist's creed

    I believe in time,
    matter, and energy,
    which make up the whole of the world.

    I believe in reason, evidence and the human mind,
    the only tools we have;
    they are the product of natural forces
    in a majestic but impersonal universe,
    grander and richer than we can imagine,
    a source of endless opportunities for discovery.

    I believe in the power of doubt;
    I do not seek out reassurances,
    but embrace the question,
    and strive to challenge my own beliefs.

    I accept human mortality.

    We have but one life,
    brief and full of struggle,
    leavened with love and community,
    learning and exploration,
    beauty and the creation of
    new life, new art, and new ideas.

    I rejoice in this life that I have,
    and in the grandeur of a world that preceded me,
    and an earth that will abide without me.


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Gee, Hieronymus, one of my favorite things about being an atheist is that I don't have to memorize creeds.

(I appreciate the sentiment, though.)

[this is good] Very nice.

Are you attempting to make atheism into a religion?

This creed is definitely nice, but I definitely do not like the idea of an atheist creed.

Not a 'creed' in the first definition as an accepted doctrine, but rather in the second definition:


A reading or statement of belief that summarizes the faith it represents; a definite summary of what is believed; a confession of faith for public use; esp., one which is brief and comprehensive.
I still don't like the use of the word 'faith' in this; more just a summary of an attitude.

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