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It occurred to me that while we call ourselves the Kenyan Free Thinkers, most (if not all) of us profess ourselves to be atheists. In fact, thus far this blog has made free thinking and atheism synonymous. They’re not. The truth is that a free thinker is not automatically an atheist, and an atheist is not automatically a free thinker. However, it is also true that many free thinkers are atheists (or at least deists or pantheists) and many atheists are free thinkers.
Free thought is, according to Freethoughtpedia, a way of looking at the world that holds that beliefs should be formed on the basis of science and logic, and not influenced by emotion, authority, tradition, coercion, dogma or established belief. Above all else, a free thinker must be a rationalist. The reason why many free thinkers are atheists is because free thought rejects beliefs that don’t have clear logical roots and reasonable evidence. Religions lack sufficient evidence for their gods, therefore I would hesitate to believe that a religious person could be a free thinker. Even those free thinkers that aren’t atheists are usually agnostics, skeptics, secularists, or otherwise unconvinced by religious claims.
A point I think is worth stressing is that an atheist is only a free thinker as long as their basis for atheism is reason. Too many times I’ve heard of people becoming atheists only because they are bitter or angry at life. Those aren’t free thinkers.
Hope I’ve shed some light on the subject. 🙂
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