Posted with permission. I noted that there were other "Ask a...." threads, most devoted to religion, a few were unrelated to such questions, but there was no thread dedicated to non-belief. As atheists and agnostics are a small minority of folks, there is in my opinion a lot of misinformation out there regarding non-believers, or simple lack of information. I pondered whether or not to start a thread on this topic, as I have noted previously that other than a lack of belief in certain supernatural things, there is nothing that identifies or unites non-believers. There is no culture, no book of laws, no group identity really. I cannot claim to speak on behalf of atheists, I can only claim to speak on my own behalf. As some prominent authors have noted, we are not so different, this group of non-believers and those who believe. Rare is the person who believes in everything. There are things you do not believe in. If you believe in Allah, you probably do not believe in Zeus. If you believe in Vishnu, you probably do not believe in Thor. If you believe in Jehovah, you probably do not believe in Xenu. It's a fair bet you don't believe in sprites or faeries or other mythological creatures. There are any number of fantastic beings you don't believe are seriously real. And, as such, you and I agree on most everything already. So we have lots of common ground. In a list of a billion deities, you won't believe in almost all of them, and I will not believe in any of them. We really are not that far apart. I simply believe in one less god than you do. And, if you do not believe in Zeus, you are among the majority on the planet who do not. Do you think of yourself as a Non-Zeusian? No, you probably do not. You and any other non-believer in Zeus have nothing in common, most likely. You would scratch your head and maybe even be a little perplexed if someone referred to you as a Non-Zeusian. It's not even something that occurs to you. You certainly don't identify yourself as such. There's nothing at all special about non-belief in Zeus. There's no specific ideology involved, no conscious thought required. It certainly takes no effort to be a Non-Zeusian. As such, we are all atheists, just to varying degrees. If there is a god you do not believe is real, we have something in common. And yet, we have no natural affinity for one another just because we don't believe in Zeus. Atheists are often mistaken for a movement or a group of people. We're not. I can't tell if someone is an atheist unless I get to know them. I don't have meetings, there is no church. There may be atheist groups out there, but I do not belong to any of them. I'm just a dude, living my life, for as long as I have to live it. So I wondered if it was even appropriate to open an Ask An Atheist thread. My responses could be quite different from other folks of similar persuasion. However, if you have serious or even semi-serious questions and would like to satiate your curiosity, I am here. Other confirmed atheists may feel free to speak for themselves. If you have a question to pose to any atheist who might feel like responding, just post a question, and someone will answer. If no one does, I'll do my best to answer it myself. If you would like to speak only to a specific atheist, please address them by their handle, preferably in bold at the beginning of your post, for easier skimming. I will make it clear, being atheist does not mean that you have a specific opinion on politics, ethics, philosophy, morality, or anything of the sort. Questions that stray from the topic of atheism, belief, or related opinions may be ignored at my discretion.