Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!
You don’t have to believe in God to live a good, meaningful, joyful life. And you don’t have to believe that life will continue forever after you die to find value in the life we’re living now. Most atheists are happy, good people, and we don’t treasure life any less simply because we think it’s going to end. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.
About the author
Greta Christina has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is author of The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life
, of Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God
, of Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why
, of Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless,
and of Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More,
and is editor of Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients
. She has been a public speaker for many years, and many of her talks can be seen on YouTube. Her writing has appeared in multiple magazines and newspapers, including Ms., Penthouse, Chicago Sun-Times, On Our Backs, and Skeptical Inquirer, and numerous anthologies, including Everything You Know About God Is Wrong
and three volumes of Best American Erotica.
(Any views she expresses in this blog are solely hers, and do not necessarily represent this organizations.) She lives in San Francisco with her wife, Ingrid. You can email her at gretachristina (at) gmail (dot) com, or follow her on Facebook
4 thoughts on “Atheist Meme of the Day: Life Is Good Without God”
Well said, as always, Greta.
When you think about it the theists think it’s all going to end as well. They are never entirely clear or consistent about what form an afterlife will take but they are quite sure it can’t be like this one, how could it be if all the passions and desires that make our lives both delightful and painful are gone ? An existence without these, disembodied and emotionless is so different from our real lives that we would be just as dead really as we will be if we atheists are right. Which is one of the reasons I recoil so much from theism, I have absolutely no desire for the afterlife they crave so much, something that most of them just can’t get their heads round.
very interesting and good point, thornavis. If “heaven” is what most Christians claim, “I” won’t exist anymore. I agree, I don’t want such a horrible fate, being an automaton constantly praising some bratty god that can’t do without. Ugh.
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