|Pansy: The Symbol of Freethought|
Freethinkers, such as Atheists, have a freedom that those who profess to be "born-again Christians" do not have. We have the ability to change our minds without fear and without guilt. We would change our minds about evolution if a single fossil were found in the wrong period. For instance, if rabbits were found in the Precambrian period.
Martin Luther himself, the hero of the Protestant Reformation, spoke openly about reason and thinking. Here are a couple of his quotes:
- Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has.
- Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.
As Atheists, we expect our kind to think critically. This means that if we accept anything, it must be with an air of suspicion and hesitation until we have enough facts. It also means that we must be open to thinking about everything else we believe in.
Atheists understand that we don't (and probably can't) believe as a sheer act of will. We will end up believing what the evidence proves and we will change our mind in a second if new evidence arises.