I consider myself a freethinker as I cannot accept authority, especially religious authority which is founded on dogmatic principles, and unfounded beliefs. Mark Twain once said that when you side with the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect. This is especially relevant when the majority of the human race believe in a divine power that dictates how they live their life, and this doesn’t sit well with me as we are individual, and unique, and whilst we are indeed social animals we have our own identity that we should preserve with honesty and dignity. Empiricism is the basis of freethinking and takes into account things that are discovered through experience through the senses. What you touch, smell, taste, see and hear, and your imagination, superstition, revelations or dogmas cannot be trusted, and scepticism comes into play.
“Empiricism is a philosophical belief that states your knowledge of the world is based on your experiences, particularly your sensory experiences. According to empiricists, our learning is based on our observations and perception; knowledge is not possible without experience.” – Source
Freethinkers compliment atheism by claiming that there’s insufficient evidence to support the existence of a divine authority, as it’s not passed the scrutiny of reason. The freedom from religion foundation say that we have everything to lose if we sacrifice the indispensable tool of reason on the altar of superstition. For me this makes perfect sense as I have to make decisions based off my own personal judgement as opposed to an authoritarian figure like a clergy, or politician as they were born to pass off false information. Many freethinkers go beyond atheism and approach religion from an antitheism stance, as whilst some good has come from religion, the harm and destruction far outweighs it.
“Freethinkers reject faith as a valid tool of knowledge. Faith is the opposite of reason because reason imposes very strict limits on what can be true, and faith has no limits at all. A Great Escape into faith is no retreat to safety. It is nothing less than surrender.” – Dan Barker
If you claim to be a freethinker to a Christian they instantly think you’re under control by Satan himself as without god we are free to enjoy sin. Freethought is an alien concept to the brainwashed members of religious faiths, as anything good is by the will of god, and anything evil is because of Satan’s influence, and these are adults making these claims. Adults who are free to vote, breed, carry firearms, or fight for their country. It’s a scary world that we live in.