Atheism/Atheist's behaviours



I know many atheists who participate in religious festivals like christmas, deepavali (hindu festival) etc. When a person participate in festivals, he is covertly supporting the religious beliefs of people. Also I have seen many Indian/Foreign actors who say that they are atheists but they still act in films which supports/propagates religious beliefs. So why are many atheists not adhering to their principles? Is that because they believe that they are not answerable to anyone, and if material benefit is there, they even act to fool people to derive benefit from them?.

The best way I can answer you is to say there are no hard and fast atheist "principles". There is no core set of dogmas, or central beliefs which can be said to apply to all atheists, i.e. such as apply to religious believers.

Indeed, there are many types of atheists, including: agnostic atheists, strong atheists (also known as explicit atheists), weak atheists (also known as implicit atheists), materialist atheists and non-materialist atheists. In effect, if one is a weak atheist or agnostic atheist, or non-materialist atheist it isn't out of the question to express or display one or more of the behaviors you cite without feeling contradictory- or trying to "fool" anyone.

The error made, then, is assuming all atheists operate under some universal non-belief sysem, and are bound by the same unspoken, rigid code to act the same way-  and they aren't.


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Philip A. Stahl


I specialize in the areas of scientific materialism and consciousness described as a materialist epiphenomenon. Also can answer questions pertaining to general atheism, atheist-agnostic differences etc.


I have been an atheist for over 36 yrs. and have written four books on the subject: 'The Atheist's Handbook to Modern Materialism'(2000), and 'Atheism" A Beginner's Handbook', 'Dialectical Atheism' (2011), 'Beyond Atheism, Beyond God' (2013)

Intertel, Mensa, American Mathematical Society, American Astronomical Society, American Geophysical Union

Atheist articles: 'The American Atheist' magazine, assorted U.S. newspapers (e.g. Baltimore Sun, Denver Post); papers-articles published in Intertel's Journal: Integra. Books: 'The Atheist's Handbook to Modern Materialism'(2000), 'Atheism: A Beginner's Handbook' (2007), 'Dialectical Atheism' (2011), 'Beyond Atheism, Beyond God' (2013)

Master of Philosophy in Physics. Also took more than 3 yrs. of theology and metaphysics courses at a Catholic University (1964-67) - before I became an atheist. Thus, I have much more religious familiarity & background than many atheists.

Awards and Honors
Writers' Digest Award for the essay 'The Atheist in America' (2000), Government of Barbados research in solar physics award (1980-84), AAS Solar Physics Award (1984)

Past/Present Clients
American Atheists, Barbados Philosophical Society, Harrison College- Barbados, Colorado Springs Freethinkers

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