Why I Am An Atheist

The prompt from Patheos: Explain why you’re an atheist in under 200 words.

Challenge accepted!

I’m an atheist because I appreciate honesty and questioning, something religions discourage.

I’m an atheist because I like to follow the evidence where it leads, which is away from any notion of God.

I’m an atheist because, if you imagined a world without a God, it would look remarkably similar to the world in which we live.

I’m an atheist because I’m an equal-opportunity denier when it comes to gods. I treat the Christian God no different from the Hindu Gods, the Muslim God, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

I’m an atheist because I’ve seen what religious people are capable of doing with their faith, and it frightens me.

I’m an atheist because there’s nothing a person of faith can do that a person without faith cannot.

I’m an atheist because I don’t need false hope to get me through the day.

I’m an atheist because it’s the only rational position to take.

Would anyone else care to respond?

You can read other responses from atheists here and here.

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.