What to do if angry atheism isn’t working for you
My Humanism is not a secret. I am quite open about it. It’s what I do. I’m also an atheist. I don’t make a secret about that either. I’ve been atheist since I was a teenager and before that I was agnostic. I was never a believer.
I meet a lot of people in the course of my work. Some are very comfortable in their faith and they are looking for ways to improve their thinking and ways to integrate their values more thoroughly into their day to day lives. Some are people who are questioning their faith and are looking for ways to build an ethical system to replace the one that isn’t working well for them. And still others have abandoned their faith altogether and are looking for a way to express their secular values without the anger that dominates the “angry atheist” movement. It is to this last group that this essay is addressed.
For those of you who have found atheism but who are looking for a way to be atheist without being angry. I’ve got great news for you. There is no right way to be an atheist. Some atheists are angry – sure. Some aren’t. It’s the same with every group actually. As my dad always says – no group corners the market in stupidity.