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Originally posted by Grumble
Can someone please explain to me why I am required to have "respect" for the spiritual beliefs of others?
Originally posted by C09JayLT
You say 'I think there is a pearl in that oyster, for reason x.' (Belief) I say either a) 'I believe you.' (Belief) b) 'I don't believe you, there is insufficent evidence.' (Weak atheism) c) 'I think there is no pearl in that oyster because x.' (Strong atheism) or d) 'That oyster is unopenable, there is no way to know.' (Agnostic).
The view that a coherent definition of god must be presented before the question of the existence of god can be meaningfully discussed.
Atum was a self-created deity, the first being to emerge from the darkness and endless watery abyss that girdled the world before creation.
A chart showing the relationship between the definitions of weak/strong and implicit/explicit atheism. Explicit strong/positive/hard atheists (in purple on the right) assert that "at least one deity exists" is a false statement. Explicit weak/negative/soft atheists (in blue on the right) reject or eschew belief that any deities exist without actually asserting that "at least one deity exists" is a false statement. Implicit weak atheists (in blue on the left) would include people (such as young children and some agnostics) who do not believe in a deity, but have not explicitly rejected such belief.