What Are Atheists Thankful For?

Zach Moore of the Fellowship of Freethought in Dallas asked attendees at Skepticon what they’re thankful for and the result is this wonderful video:

Summary: Atheists are thankful for family, friends, work, good health, happy lives, etc.

That is so much better than thanking god or Jesus. Sure, Christians are thankful for their friends and family, too, but they never forget to mention that Jesus comes first.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Stella

    Isn’t it funny how being thankful to real people for real things they’ve really done is such a cutting-edge idea.

    • Crblomquist

      Uhhh, Jesus is real and did some very real things.  And man, am I thankful He did!

  • Stella

    Isn’t it funny how being thankful to real people for real things they’ve really done is such a cutting-edge idea.

  • rajup

    This is a nice article, but I think it’s worth bringing to your attention that “we are so much better” statements are pretty hypocritical. You should have stopped after the summary. Take the higher road. 

    • http://thegodlessmonster.com/ The Godless Monster

      Nice moralizing. Too bad it’s not based on what Hemant actually wrote. If Hemant had written “we” instead of “that”, there would be a point to your comment.
      He was simply stating that one type of response is better than another type of response. Even if he’s dead wrong (I agree with him), there’s nothing in his statement that implies that non-theists are better people.
      He was critiquing behavior, not passing judgment on theists.

      • rajup

        Still, it could have been left off. We all know our type of response is better ;) There’s just no need to make a direct comparison. Why not just say “look at this good thing”? Adding the comparison is unnecessary and only acts to inflame (and beat our own chests). I think it’s in the same attitude that so many bible thumpers come to us with, that the way they do things is better than the way they assume we do things. Better to just share a positive thing that everyone can relate to. I’m tired of defensive atheist groups that start going on the offensive. We do good without god.

        • http://thegodlessmonster.com/ The Godless Monster

          “Still, it could have been left off.”
          Yeah, but he didn’t. Because it his blog. And he wanted to write that. So he did.
          “I’m tired of defensive atheist groups that start going on the offensive. We do good without god.”
          I couldn’t agree more, but this isn’t one of those blogs.
          I’ll assume that Hemant is doing more than just “preaching to the choir” and that  he’s trying to get those on the fence to start doing some thinking. Sometimes that requires a kick in the butt, sometimes it doesn’t. And there’s nothing wrong with beating your own chest once in a while. It’s healthy, it’s natural and it’s fun. Humility is an admirable trait, but I’ve already seen plenty of that from Hemant. He’s got nothing to prove in that area.

          • rajup

            *off in search of friendly, humble atheists. Towards Humanism, perhaps?*

  • http://thegodlessmonster.com/ The Godless Monster

    I’m thankful for mescaline, firearms, liquor, my attorney, penicillin and condoms.

  • http://snigsfoot.blogspot.com/ Rob Crompton

    When I was a minister I would often ask the folk what did they think should be in the thank yous. And they often – almost always – forgot to mention Jesus. We’d get family and friends, health, hospitals, mountains, flowers and the lot. And when we had small kids present some of their thank yous were delightful. We’ve had fire engines, cups of tea, aminals (so pronounced), computers, football. And they all went into the prayers – if you could call what I used to do praying.

  • cotswoldsrose

    So much better than thanking God or Jesus?  From your perspective, of course, since they aren’t real (or if Jesus was real, He didn’t do anything to crow about).  Think from our perspective for a moment, though.  Of COURSE Jesus comes first.  Considering that we believe He brought us salvation, why would you be surprised?  At least, you sound surprised.  Funny topic for an atheist blog post.  But maybe that’s just me, since I don’t really belong here.   That said, a poster above mentioned that Christians often leave God and Jesus out of their list of things they are thankful for.  I never thought about it before, but this is quite true.  I think I leave Him out because it’s simply a given that God/Jesus is at the top of my list–but I can’t speak for other Christians.

  • Newavocation

    We can’t forget people like Robert Ingersoll too. I like his Thanksgiving Sermon.
    http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/robert_ingersoll/thanksgiving_sermon.html

  • Maraneill

    hmmmmm… , Take the term “friendly atheist”: Why would it require the use of the word friendly in conjunction w/ atheist? Why are Christians often thought to be pushy instead of zealous? Again,hmmmmm… , Wouldn’t this world of ours , and yes I did say ours, as in each and every single one of us who currently reside here on Earth be a BORING place if we were all the same . I am a follower of Christ and can say I would readily lay down my life for my Jesus as He so readily did  for not only myself , but for all of mankind , for we all fall short of the Glory of God. The Bible teaches that a person needs to first ADMIT to being a sinner, repent and turn away from his sins.  Second, a person needs to BELIEVE that Jesus  is God’s son so he/she may accept God’s forgiveness. Finally, we are taught to confess our faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord. It’s quite simple , yet we are all of the flesh and to put it quite plainly , want ourselves to take all the glory ! We as humans want to boast and brag of our so-called conquests and surly don’t believe for one minute that God should have a hand in any of  what we do!  To make a long story short … I am THANKFUL for my Jesus that he cared enough about you and I to hang on that cross and  willfully DIE ,even in his final moments saying…Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life ; he that comes to me shall never hunger: and he who beieves in me shall never thirst. John 6:35 . And she shall bring forth a son, and his name shall be Jesus; for he shall save his people from thier sins. Matthew 1:21. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if this were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you,I will come again, and receive you myself; that where I am, there you will be also. John 14:2-3. I feel that I must dance a little dance w/ Rob Crompton…Do you truly feel that God isn’t still using you, having a hand in your life for his good. Afterall, we are all God’s sheep and require a bit of “herding” from time to time . In that I say rejoice and be thankful. For all you friendly and not so friendly athiests out ther who may be reading this, please keep in the back of you mind that I am not judging who you are or what you claim to be , for it is NOT my place to do so. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto  salvation to each and every one who believes. Romans 1:16.  

    • AGuest

      Wow. You’re crazy, kiddo. Sorry, but have you lost your way? You’ve completely ignored the article. If you’re going to be preaching your ideology, you might as well show some respect and apply yourself in a relevant way. Come off it.


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