18 Things Christians Get Wrong About Atheists

By Krystal Brown

Atheists are often misunderstood in their beliefs,  particularly by religious people. From lacking morals to being frivolous about love and commitment, we explore 18 things Christians get wrong about atheists:

They Have No Morals

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Unbeknown to Christians, atheists can have strong moral compasses. Rather than Christian-based morals, atheists’ morals are often born from empathy, reason, and social justice. This shows that religion isn’t the only source of morals and ethics and there are many ways to lead a good life.

They are Angry at God

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Despite what some Christians think, many atheists simply don’t believe in a god, and it isn’t that they’re actively angry at one. While atheists might hold different views on the origin and purpose of life, they are not walking around, ready to rant at anyone who will listen.

They Fear Death

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Christians believe that death means life, so they sometimes think that atheists are scared of dying. Atheists may view death differently, but this doesn’t equate to them being fearful. They might focus on living a meaningful life in the here and now and avoid talking about death, which is where the misconceptions come from.

They are Obsessed with Science

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Atheists often see science as a tool to understand the world around them, but that doesn’t mean they see faith as the enemy. Christians, however, see an obsession with science and a complete denial of faith.

They’re Close-Minded

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Many atheists have carefully considered religious beliefs before defining themselves. This is not how Christians see it, though, as they just see a blind refusal of religion by atheists.

They Want to Destroy Religion

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Most atheists simply want the freedom to hold their own beliefs without being pressured to convert to Christianity. While they may advocate for secularism, they don’t want to eradicate religion, as some Christians believe.

They’re All the Same

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Christians often fail to understand that atheism is a broad spectrum. Some atheists identify as agnostic atheists, acknowledging the possibility that a god or gods might exist but believing there is insufficient evidence to warrant belief.

They Have No Meaning in Life

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Research by Pew suggests that atheists find meaning in their lives in other ways than religion. Atheists find meaning in life through relationships, contributing to society, and learning, among other experiences. This may differ from finding meaning through religion, but their journey is just as valid.

They’re Unhappy

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Christians may claim they are happiest when following their religion, but Christianity does not define happiness alone. Atheists can find joy, purpose, and fulfillment in their secular lives.

They Push Their Views on Others

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Some atheists may be very vocal about their views, but they may just want to let others know their feelings are valid rather than trying to convert Christians. They want to live their lives and often advocate for religious freedom for all.

They’re Incapable of Love and Compassion

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Empathy and love are human qualities that religious people do not just experience.  Atheists are fully capable of having fulfilling relationships and strong moral character.

They’re JUST Scientists

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While some atheists will be scientists, their lack of belief in god is not solely based on scientific findings. Some atheists have grown up in religious families and understand why people believe in religion; it’s just not for them.

They’re Rebelling Against Their Upbringing

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Not all atheists were raised by non-believers, and some may have even identified as Christian in the past. Most atheists have arrived at their atheism through personal reflection and questioning.

They’re Looking for Attention

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Christians accuse many atheists of being attention seekers, but on most occasions, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Atheists are often content in living their lives without seeking special attention for their lack of religious belief.

They’re Easily Misled

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Some Christians believe atheists have been heavily influenced by others who are angry at religion. But, atheists can be critical thinkers capable of informing their own beliefs.

They’re Judgmental of Religious People

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Contrary to what some Christians think, not all atheists frown upon Christians. Just as not all Christians are the same, atheists also hold diverse views on religion and will not dislike people just because of one aspect of their life.

There’s No Point in Talking to Atheists

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Most atheists are open to respectful dialogue and want to understand how others think. They may not necessarily change their minds, but that doesn’t mean they can’t take part in debates with Christians. If Christians and atheists came together more often, they may be able to break down stereotypes of one another.

They Reject all Spiritual Experiences

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While atheism traditionally refers to a lack of belief in deities, it doesn’t mean they can’t be spiritual. Many atheists prioritize personal growth and profound connections, such as meditation,  without relying on religious explanations.


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