Seeing my 7 Pillars post get linked to by the Friendly Atheist made me as excited as my kids were when we finally got a Wii. I was even happier to see the discussion it generated (32 comments last time I checked)!
But some of those comments made me want to clarify a few things:
1. The graphic doesn’t represent all atheists.
2. The graphic doesn’t even represent atheism.
3. What it is, is a simplified and modified representation of the secular humanism worldview this atheist identifies with.
I feel obligated to say this for two reasons. First, because I don’t want atheists thinking I am that presumptuous. Second, because I don’t want everyone else to think I am some sort of spokesman for atheists. I’m not – the pillars post was my first crack at figuring out what I believe are important ideas to help guide my life.
Hesitations aside, writing that post was an important step in my growth as an atheist (and human being!). Why? Because I honestly had never – in my 40 years prior to becoming an atheist – really put a lot of thought into my belief system. And why is that? Because when I was a Christian, the Bible and teachers of the Bible told me what to believe.
And that right there – being able to truly think for myself – is the most unbelievable, joy-filled reward I could imagine for letting go of religion and the supernatural.
It’s a profoundly fantastic thing.
Unrelated shout to postsimian: The answer to your question is that I’ve been an atheist for about six weeks – I became one right around the 15th of May, 2008. I’m just a baby atheist!