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What do the modern, Western Atheists believe? There
is no definitive text to which Atheists adhere. Therefore, there
is no standard Atheism. There is, however, a common Atheism,
and this may be derived from the writings and public comments
of their popular spokespersons. Their writings, however, are
almost exclusively concerned with what they don't believe. The
greater part of Atheism is disdain for God as evidenced by
derogatory terms for the God of the Bible - 'skydaddy' is
popular at the moment. This 'biblegod', as they derisively say,
seems to draw most of their ire and attention. It is instructive
to go beyond the unbeliefs of Atheists to discover what they do
believe. Unfortunately the lack of defining texts and their
reticence to take a stand forces one to collect data by means of
emails and blogs, for the most part. What follows is largely the
result of these personal and informal correspondences over the
last decade, or so.

By definition, they believe there is no God. Atheists believe on
faith that they were created by their environment. Their faith is
in naturalism. They believe that the thermodynamic law of energy
conservation must have been violated sometime in the distant past
by an unknown process that occurred exactly (or at least) once,
in spite the contrary, scientific evidence. This, they contend, is
the mechanism for the original creation of time, space, and energy.
They believe in abiogenesis, that the information stored in
countless living cells developed spontaneously and increases
steadily of its own accord, again, in spite of science. They
believe that adding energy to a living system decreases its
entropy, while adding energy to a non-living system increases its
entropy, except in the singular case of life's spontaneous
creation. This, in their belief system, allows processes like
protein synthesis to occur without any prompting. Finally, they
believe unwaveringly in uniformitarianism. This is the belief
that the present is the key to the past.

They believe firmly that all of this is logical and scientific, and
that any deviation must therefore be illogical and unscientific.

What follows from this foundation is the belief that souls do
not exist, and life arose aimlessly at multiple places
throughout the universe. An individual's highest achievement, they
believe, is the sating of its nervous system, the eventual death
of which marks the owner's effective erasure from existence. In
addition, they believe that optimizing pleasure for the greater
society of humankind is the immediate goal, insofar as
encroachment upon nature is minimized. More radical Atheism
asserts that since the environment created humankind, the
environment is respected above humankind. All goals and
aspirations of Atheists are ultimately without purpose, since
in their model, life began without purpose and death will
eventually overcome the biological part of the universe.

In the main, Atheists believe that the world would be a better
place, that is, more pleasurable, if all other beliefs were
eliminated. This was (and is) amply demonstrated by Atheist
political regimes.