“It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence,” is a quote from “Clifford’s Credo” by the 19th Century British mathematician and philosopher William Kingdon Clifford.
This premise is a great principle for understanding the freethought movement.
Freethought is a philosophy that uses science and reason to understand human existence and life.
The Freethought philosophy rejects the authority, tradition, and dogma of religions. Religions are human-made beliefs, guesses and myths about life, which often include a reliance on imaginary angels, demons, and gods.
Freethought includes atheism but is not atheism. Deism, a belief that a god created life but does not intervene in human affairs, is also a part of freethought. As a matter of fact Deism helped set freethought into motion in the United States of America by the non-christian but deistic core of founding fathers.
Atheism, agnosticism, deism, humanism, secularism, pantheism, and nontheism are all philosophies, which fit within the broader philosophy of freethought.
All freethinkers are united in their rejection of the established nonsense by organized religion but do not always agree on the details of their ideas.
- Atheism is a lack of or rejection of belief in a god or gods.
- Agnosticism asserts that it cannot be known if there is a god or gods.
- Deism claims there is a creator, which is a god-force that created life but does not interact with life.
- Humanism is a type of atheism that is focused on living a good life.
- Nontheism is a philosophy that does not practice a belief in god. The hairline difference between atheism and nontheism is that atheism is considered a rejection and nontheism is considered a non-participation. As an example one who does not play basketball because s/he disagrees with the sport would be similar to atheism, while one who does not play basketball becuase s/he doesn’t have an interest would be similar to nontheism.
- Pantheism is a belief in nature as a higher power.
- Secularism is focused on living life without interference from religions.
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