Where did we come from?
In their earliest incarnation, though under another name, the Australian Atheists Forums were originally hosted at aussieatheist.com (a domain which no longer exists), administered by Sean “The Blogonaut” Wright. That forum was initially established in 2007.
From 2009, the forums were part of the Atheist Foundation of Australia (AFA). For administrative ease, and to allow the AFA to concentrate on its core business, we moved to become autonomous in January 2020.
Who are we?
We’re mostly Australian, though we have some active overseas members too. Our members cover a wide range of ages, and come from a large diversity of cultures, professions, and walks of life.
We welcome diversity.
Why are we?
There has long been a need for a place for free-thinkers to meet and discuss. In the face of growing religious privilege, we gather. We pick the occasional visiting strawman into its component parts, and distribute the straw evenly over the compost-heap.
What do we do?
The job of “atheisting” is easy – “Atheism is the acceptance that there is no credible scientific or factually reliable evidence for the existence of a god, gods or the supernatural“.
So, we aren’t rusted in place, and we’re ready to evaluate, should evidence show up, meeting those criteria.
This informed disbelief certainly rolls into some areas of our lives, but there’s so much more to life than just the belief parts.
We might differ on what sports club we follow, or a political matter, or choice of music. There is no Central Atheist Doctrine, and it’s not a religion.
You might even find out we’re a lot like you.
What do we want to do?
As well as hosting the forums, we’d also like to provide another space for Australian atheists to express themselves, via posting on a shared blog, or publishing articles and/or podcasts. That’s still a work in progress.
Regular contributors could be given access to the website to publish their own work, if desired. Ad hoc contributors could submit their work for consideration, to be published by the web editor (at their discretion).