Thinking about writing a book about how I’m handling the death of my Dad, I realized I was going to have to answer the question “Why is atheism better?”
After all, if the title of your (might-be) book is “Saying Goodbye to Dan: An Atheist Deals With Death,” you’re pretty much obligated to attempt to differentiate yourself, and your named-in-the-title philosophy, from the traditional method of dealing with death — the religious one.
Because we wouldn’t BE atheists — would we? — if we didn’t have SOME idea that it was better.
Unlike most religious thinkers, who would always assume we’re atheists because we’re bad, the real reason we’re atheists is because we’re GOOD. Or at least trying to be. Trying to be better, righter, more accurate, more oriented toward real-world facts and truth.
So the two questions are:
1) Why is atheism better for you as an individual?
2) Why is atheism better for society?
This specific post asks that first question:
Why is atheism better for YOU?