God would be an atheist
provides a rational perspective on religion, morality, politics and daily life
• there are many religions
• within each religion there are many beliefs
• some aspects of religion have benefited
• faith has no connection with reality
• demolishes the myths underlying belief in
a fundamentalist God
• dismantles the arguments underlying
belief in an ineffable God
• denies the existence of all gods
• religious faith threatens the well-being of
individuals and nations
• religion is increasingly harmful to human
upholds the right of every adult
• to practise a religion that does not impose
• to live without religion
upholds the right of every child
• to be protected from religious
indoctrination within and outside the home
Except where indicated, God would be an atheist
is written by Martin Foreman, a writer and bookseller currently based in the UK. His other websites are:
More than one in four Americans believe there is too much religion in the world and one in eight believes that religion is actually harmful. Almost two in three consider that religion plays some role in causing war and more than one in three believe that religious leaders have low ethical standards.
One in two Americans do not consider prayer important in their daily lives, and four in ten do not believe that they will be called before God on Judgment Day. Fifty percent believe that morality does not depend on religious faith. 84 percent believe that you can be a good American without religious faith.
These statistics confirm that many Americans reject religion in both their personal lives and the public sphere. But they live in a nation where the wall of separation between Church and State is under ever greater threat, at every level of government from school boards to the White House. Public affirmations of faith are now mandatory for almost all serious candidates for office while many religious values - which are often moral only in name - threaten Americans' right to freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
More than ever, there must be strong voices to promote the views of atheists, agnostics and others outside the religious mainstream. This website provides that much-needed rational perspective on life.
1. Pew Research Center, 2002 and 2004.
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If God existed, he would...
admire the beauty of a universe that he did not create
recognize that eternity is meaningless
deny both heaven and hell
disown all men and women who speak in his name
denounce the harm caused by religious "morality"
help the human race to thrive without him
If God existed, he would be an atheist.
What is the difference between science and faith?
science is certain of nothing and requires proof of everything
faith is certain of everything and requires proof of nothing
Which do you trust?
"I know there is no God"
"I believe there is no God"
Check the answer