As a follow-up to his recent article, Ricky Gervais answers so basic questions regarding atheism, god, etc.
People who believe in God sometimes have moments of doubt about their faith. Have you had any moments of doubt about your atheism?
Atheism isn’t a belief system. I have a belief system but it’s not “based on” atheism, it’s just not based on the existence of a god. I make none of my moral, social, or artistic decisions based on any god or superstitions. Saying atheism is a belief system is like saying not going skiing is a hobby. I’ve never been skiing. It’s my biggest hobby. I literally do it all the time. But to answer your question I am constantly faced with theories of God, and angels, and hell. It’s everywhere. But unless there is an ounce of credibility to it, I reject. I have to. You can’t lie to yourself. If you do you’ve only fooled a deluded person and where’s the victory in that?
I love that “Saying atheism is a belief system is like saying not going skiing is a hobby.”