last updated 10/19/98
Atheism is simply the lack of belief in deities. Some atheists go farther, and make the claim that deities, as they are generally conceived, cannot exist. An Introduction to Atheism is available, outlining the various forms of atheistic thought. As a well-written example of one atheists' line of reasoning, I also recommend Why I Am Not A Christian by Bertrand Russell.
I am not a member of any atheist organization. Furthermore, having already reached the conclusion that I don't believe, I have no real use for additional arguments in favor of non-belief. Arguments on why I should begin to believe, on the other hand, kind of fascinate me up until they reach the limits of my tolerance for illogic. If you're looking for arguments pro and con, as well as related material, try out The Secular Web. It has links to numerous sources of info.
Here are a few more links to sources of information on atheism:
There are a lot of different opinions about what atheism is. Check out the Atheism FAQ to find out what atheists actually mean when they use that term.
Click here for information on an atheist group in Austin, Texas.
There's a page a blunt criticism of Christianity. Not for the faint of heart.
Here's someone else's nice Atheism page.
Philosopher Joseph Campbell offered some really good insights into how to appreciate the messages embodied in mythology without making the mistake of actually believing those myths to be true. Unfortunately, a lot of people have taken what he actually said and twisted it to look like it supports mysticism, paganism, and so on. So it goes...
And finally, here's an inspiring story of one man's personal journey from faith to reason.
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