As part of our educational mission, American Atheists is happy to provide a wide range of resources to those who wish to learn more about the history of atheism, the problems with religion, and the constitutional separation of religion from government put in place by our founders.

What is atheism?

Atheism is too-often defined incorrectly as a belief system. Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods. Older dictionaries define atheism as “a belief that there is no God.”

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American History

Is America a nation founded upon a religious, Christian foundation? The answer lies at a the root of a culture war battle dividing separationists and religious groups. This article by former Interim President and current Board Member Frank Zindler takes an in-depth look at the issue.

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Ethics Without Gods

One of the first questions Atheists are asked by true believers and doubters alike is, “If you don’t believe in God, there’s nothing to prevent you from committing crimes, is there? Without the fear of hell-fire and eternal damnation, you can do anything you like, can’t you?”

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