I have an interview with a theologian tomorrow. I like the guy. He is teaching a class on cross cultural understanding. His students are saying that the most typical problem they are encountering is relating to atheists. He wants to address that problem in his class. I told him that I likewise value compassion and understanding across cultures. I also made it clear that I was firmly on the side of the “new atheists” in their clear philosophical principles. He did not have a problem with that. He claimed they they also vigorously debate and confront issues. That implies that he might also be a rather liberal Christian, a bit closer to where we stand. That still can be a rather vast distance from our views. Anyhow, if he really wants answers to his questions he will likely appreciate some broader answers from our community than just what I would have to say. His questions are:
1) Why are you an atheist?
2) Would you say that you are a part of a community of like-minded people? What does belonging to this community mean for its members?
3) How are atheists different from religious individuals?
4) What are the goals of Atheism for us as human beings?
5) How do you see evidence and reason as leading to prosperity and compassion? How would you define your individual source of compassion?
6) How would you define atheism?
Responses from our community are appreciated