Atheism and the Criticism
It is common to become a part of a debate in which atheism is being scrutinized and atheists being questioned for their beliefs, or rather lack of belief. Some take it as a hobby to find one of us and start questioning us for fun. One of the major arguments that religious neighbors make is the lack of contribution that atheists have made to the morality, culture and religious aspect of the society. People believe we have no norms and ideology to believe in, and it is only our lack of belief that defines who we are. One can easily crush this argument by pointing out the absolute wealth of popular secular music from the last several decades and that back when record stores were common, religious themed music was typically regulated to a small out-of-the-way corner. While the argument is pretty ridiculous and quite easy to pick apart, it does ask the question “What are we contributing to our global culture in the name of atheism?” Well, I recently had the privilege of attending the American Atheists convention in Salt Lake City and was blown away by numerous examples of what could be the emerging atheist culture. One in particular stood out: the art scene. At its head was my friend Adam Brown.
The Difference Makers
Some of you may have heard the name Adam Brown before. He has been a staple in the atheism scene for quite a few years now. He and his wife Amanda Brown founded We Are Atheism and its charity project, Atheists Giving Aid. The couple has done everything from providing aid and help to people, to supporting national groups like American Atheists. For their efforts in promoting Atheism, some have given them the nickname “The Atheist Power Couple”. The sad part is that the promotion of atheism never fulfills their daily needs. To make a living, Adam works as a freelance artist. It would seem that many of his pieces are inspired by this emerging Atheist culture.
The Work of Art
One of the more interesting artistic services Adam offers has to do with memorializing those who have passed away. He takes a portion of the cremated remains of the loved ones and incorporates them into an original painting. Some may find this work of art a bit creepy and morbid, but for me, this is the most beautiful way of remembering and cherishing the ones we love. Lacking a belief in an afterlife has forced us to develop a cultural response to our mortality and Brown’s take on this is something I hope catches on. Adam is of course also selling prints and originals of everything you have seen here and more. It is surely worth a look and worth supporting in my humble opinion because it is for a cause and may help many in the process.