The Atheist Bible
An atheist’s view on life, the universe, and everything
CC-BY 2006-2022 Fabian M. Suchanek
This BookThis book describes a world view without gods and the supernatural. Different from a number of other books, it does not merely argue that God does not exist or that religion would be harmful. Rather, it offers an atheist view on life, the universe, ethics, truth, and the meaning of life. It also discusses the history, the functioning, the tenets, the diversity, the benefits, and the liabilities of the major world religions.
Legal conditionsIn all of the following, “I” refers to the author of this book, Fabian M. Suchanek. “You” refers to the reader of this book. “We” is the author’s “we”, and refers to this book.
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 book may change over time, and definitions and theories may be updated. I am very grateful to the people who have read this book, and who have given me their feedback. It has been taken into account condignly.
When this book 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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This book is written in English. With Google Translate, this book is available also in other languages: Romanian (Biblia ateistă), German (Die Atheistische Bibel), French (La Bible Athée), and other languages (click here, choose your language on the right, and click the small arrow next to the link).
StructureThe book consists of 6 parts. Each part contains several chapters. Each chapter contains several sections. Each section consists of several articles. Each article has a number, and the articles are linked by cross-references (indicated by a small number).
All articles are self-contained: every article can be read in isolation from the others. For this, the articles have to contain a certain redundancy, and the book may thus not be suitable for reading it cover to cover. Not all chapters may be interesting to all readers. Rather, you can jump directly to the articles or chapters that you find interesting. For example, the chapters that I (the author) found most interesting when writing them are:
- Chapter 4 “The Universe”
- Chapter 7 “Gods”
- Chapter 11 “The World Religions”
- Chapter 14 “Memes”
- Chapter 16 “Christianity”
- Chapter 20 “Conclusion” (summarizes the entire book in half a page)
- Atheism and Atheists
- The World
- Chapter 3 “Truth”: Discusses the concept of truth.
- Chapter 4 “The Universe”: Gives an overview of what science knows about the universe.
- Chapter 5 “Morality”: Discusses morality and ethics from a secular humanist point of view.
- Chapter 6 “The Meaning of Life”: Treats “the” principal question of humanity: What is the meaning of life? We also discuss where atheists go when they die.
- Chapter 10 “Religion”: Formally defines religions and gods, and shows the diversity of today’s religions.
- Chapter 11 “The World Religions”: Traces the history of religion from ancient rites to today’s world religions.
- Chapter 12 “Founding of Religions”: Discusses factors that may lead to the creation of a religion.
- Chapter 13 “Following Religions”: Discusses factors that may make people believe in religious statements.
- Chapter 14 “Memes”: Analyses strategies that religions have developed in order to survive.
- The Abrahamic Religions
- The Effects of Religion
In times of rising fundamentalism and fanaticism, this book wants to remind the reader of the values of the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment has given us the rule of law, tolerance towards other creeds, freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of science, freedom of religion, freedom of the arts, the emancipation of disadvantaged groups, freedom in the choice of a partner, and freedom in general, as long as the freedom of others is not engaged.