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One attribute that atheists proclaim is part of their world view is an aspect called "free thought" which implies that they have the ability to think freely without restriction or anything imposing upon their ability to do so. It implies that atheism is open mindedness but is that really the case?
Is atheism really free thought? What is free thinking? Since the atheists themselves are bias in their beliefs, simply denying the supernatural cannot be an act of free-thought since it's not open mindedness to deny it. Proper skeptics and philosophers of the past didn't classify atheism as free-thought.
Today, it seems that free-thought is likened to lacking belief in gods because this requires "blind faith" according to the atheist. However, the atheist has blind faith themselves. They have blind faith in a causeless universe and blind faith in the hypothesizes that support their world-view.
It becomes apparent that atheism isn't free thought. It's almost an affirmative claim and lacks open mindedness. It's philosophy is one based on the works of many scholars. So what is free-thought? Housing doubts about everything or questioning everything? Or is it simply examining all ways and retaining an open mind?
I leave you with this quote:
“A spiritually illumined soul lives in the world, yet is never contaminated by it.”
― Swami Bhaskarananda