11 Commandments for Atheists
We all need a little inspiration now and then— and that includes the atheists, the skeptics, the agnostics, and the “spiritual-but-not-religious” among us. The Inspirational Atheist is a collection of inspiring thoughts for the growing population of humanists who believe that our life has meaning when we live it meaningfully. Freethinking people are drawn to a secular worldview because of the intellectual freedom and the ethical responsibility it demands; if we want a better world, we have to make it so. As the 19th century freethinker Robert G. Ingersoll put it, “In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments—there are consequences.”
The “Eleven Commandments for Atheists” that follow exemplify this ethic. Rather than looking to a supernatural link power for moral guidance, we must rely on ourselves, and on each other. And when we work together for peace and justice on the planet we share, that itself is inspirational.