Posted by: cjobrien | 9 March 2008

Creed For The Godless

From PZ at Pharyngula.

A wonderful creed for the godless. I too, am continually dumbfounded by those who argue that without a god, there is no purpose, no love, no morals, etc. and that somehow the atheist’s or agnostic’s life is necessarily bleak and full of despair. I have always felt the natural world, operating under natural laws, is far more majestic, complex and beautiful than any theological explanation derived by humans. My purpose in life exists by the very fact that I am a sentient being – I can create my own purpose without recourse to the beings of primitive texts to create it for me. But those whose own lives depend upon existence drawn from belief will ultimately never suffer those who draw their own purpose and morals without the aid of a theological crutch. For if purpose is ultimately the responsibility of the individual, of what use is god?

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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