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originally posted by: luthier
originally posted by: Annee
originally posted by: TheErlenmeyerFlask
"to be atheist is to know there is no god, and to know there is no god, one must be omnipotent, and therefore a god - in essence, atheism is a philosophical impossibility."
That is incorrect.
A "true" atheist would not say there is no god. A "true" atheist is also agnostic - - Agnostic Atheist. The real meaning of Agnostic is: God can not be proven or disproven.
For an atheist to state "there is no God" - - would require proof. Which is not possible.
The correct term is: Lack of belief in a God.
Personal belief(s) beyond "Lack of belief in a God" - - - would be that individuals Atheist Philosophy.
There is only one thing that connects atheists. That is Lack of belief in a God.
Again this is not true.
Every branch of academic philosophy differenciates hard and soft atheism. (Positive/negative)
Atheists themselves do as well.
Go back to Diagoras.
WHAT IS ATHEISM?
No one asks this question enough.
The reason no one asks this question a lot is because most people have preconceived ideas and notions about what an Atheist is and is not. Where these preconceived ideas come from varies, but they tend to evolve from theistic influences or other sources.
Atheism is usually defined incorrectly as a belief system. Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods. Older dictionaries define atheism as "a belief that there is no God." Some dictionaries even go so far as to define Atheism as "wickedness," "sinfulness," and other derogatory adjectives. Clearly, theistic influence taints dictionaries. People cannot trust these dictionaries to define atheism. The fact that dictionaries define Atheism as "there is no God" betrays the (mono)theistic influence. Without the (mono)theistic influence, the definition would at least read "there are no gods."
Why should atheists allow theists to define who atheists are? Do other minorities allow the majority to define their character, views, and opinions? No, they do not. So why does everyone expect atheists to lie down and accept the definition placed upon them by the world’s theists? Atheists will define themselves.
Atheism is not a belief system nor is it a religion. While there are some religions that are atheistic (certain sects of Buddhism, for example), that does not mean that atheism is a religion. Two commonly used retorts to the nonsense that atheism is a religion are: 1) If atheism is a religion, then bald is a hair color, and 2) If atheism is a religion, then health is a disease. A new one introduced in 2012 by Bill Maher is, "If atheism is a religion, then abstinence is a sexual position."
The only common thread that ties all atheists together is a lack of belief in gods and supernatural beings. Some of the best debates we have ever had have been with fellow atheists. This is because atheists do not have a common belief system, sacred scripture or atheist Pope. This means atheists often disagree on many issues and ideas. Atheists come in a variety of shapes, colors, beliefs, convictions, and backgrounds. We are as unique as our fingerprints. www.atheists.org...
originally posted by: Misterlondon
I believe I can fly..
The general definition of strong atheism is sometimes treated as the definition of atheism itself, without qualifications applied. This is incorrect.
The general definition of atheism is simply the absence of belief in gods and this definition applies to all atheists.
Only those atheists who take the extra step of denying some or all gods fit under the definition of strong atheism. There is some overlap between strong atheism and positive atheism, explicit atheism, and critical atheism. Also Known As: positive atheism, explicit atheism, hard atheism, critical atheism
originally posted by: RoScoLaz5
i believe that aliens and ghosts may represent different aspects or manifestations/interpretations of the same phenomena.
originally posted by: Annee
originally posted by: Ghost147
I DO NOT believe in any God (of any kind) in the religious sense. Religion is man made.
I've had too many Paranormal (for lack of better word) experiences to not believe more is going on then what I can "see-feel-touch".
I do believe everything is energy - energy consciousness. Not all of it physically manifested.
If there's a "god force" - - it's the "source outlet" we're all plugged into.
"All connected, all ripples in the same pond"
originally posted by: TerryDon79
a reply to: Greggers
I done all my "caring about it" between the ages of 13 and 16. Terminal illnesses in the family, me going into deep depression, pondering the meanings of everything, attempted suicides. The conclusion I came to is, I can't prove it either way.
What's the point of worrying/caring about it, if it's not going to impact my life and he way I live it?