An Atheist Compendium
© 2006-2017 Fabian M. Suchanek
An Atheist Compendium
This CompendiumThis compendium describes an atheist view on the world. Different from a number of other books, it does not merely argue that God does not exist. Rather, it offers a view of the world that covers religion, the universe, ethics, religion, and truth — all from an atheist and secular humanist perpective.
Legal conditionsIn all of the following, “I” refers to the author of this compendium, Fabian M. Suchanek. “You” refers to the reader or listener of this compendium. “We” is the author’s “we”, and refers to this compendium.
Since I have no education in philosophy or theology, I cannot guarantee the correctness or completeness of the information given here. If you find any factual error in this text, please let me know. Loyal to its own principles , this compendium may change over time, and definitions and theories may be updated.
When this compendium talks of “an atheist point of view”, it describes the point of view of an atheist (namely myself). This does not mean that all atheists would share my point of view.
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ContentsThis compendium describes an atheist point of view on the following topics:
- Part 1: Atheism and Atheists
- Part 2: The World
- Part 3: Gods
Part 4: Religion
- History of Religion: Discusses the history of religions from the early hours of mankind on to today’s UFO religions.
- Founding of Religions: Discusses factors that may lead to the creation of a religion.
- Following Religions: Discusses factors that may make people believe in religious statements.
- Religions: Formally defines religions, gods, and the world’s current main religions.
- Memes: Discusses the characteristics of religions that make them survive
- Part 5: Discussion of the Abrahamic Religions in particular
- Part 6: The Effects of Religion
Each part contains several chapters, each of which lives in a different file. Each chapter consist of sections, which can contain subsections. Each of them consists of articles. All articles have a short name. The present article, for example, has the name “TOC”. This is the name by which the article will be referred to throughout the compendium.