posted on Jul, 30 2010 @ 02:50 AM
THIS IS NOT A VS THREAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seeing as I basically made a duplicate thread I still wanted to espouse more on what an Atheist is and isn't.
So now for some misconceptions on what an Atheist will make you.
1.)Atheism makes you smart and means you are brighter than Theists.
This notion is contrived absurdity brought on by the modern Atheistic movement even alluding to Atheists as "brights" . Atheism neither makes
someone smart or more rational than a non-Atheist. Many non-Atheists are very smart ... as are many people of every viewpoint. In short , Atheism
doesn't make you smarter than anyone else it just makes you an Atheist.
2.) Atheism is not a belief.
This is hotly debated and rightly so. The sad fact is that Atheism is a belief in the nonexistence of theist deities. To illustrate this fact let
us look at some examples on what constitutes a belief.
something believed; an opinion or conviction: a belief that the earth is flat.
confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof: a statement unworthy of belief.
confidence; faith; trust: a child's belief in his parents.
a religious tenet or tenets; religious creed or faith: the Christian belief.
Based on the above criteria Atheism is indeed a belief. Atheists often use the argument like "Atheism is the lack of belief." or " IS non-belief
in Santa Claus a belief also?" And these are pretty good arguments if you consider erroneous assertions good arguments.
It is right to assert that a deity with a certain irrational framework cannot exist. For example , a deity that is all-loving and omnipotent is a
logical paradox given the state of our reality and deductive arguments . Rational and empirical data gathered about the world we live in can assert
that this god is impossible. However we are not arguing any specific god or deity.
A deity or god as a metaphysical construct cannot be proven nor disproved in the notion that it exists. The chances for a supernatural being or
deity existing are 50/50 as the notion is not bound by any argument , rational , or observation of empirical data in our reality such as the Deist
deity. So to assert such a being exists or not requires the same leap of faith. Both possibilities being equal. This is why you never hear an Atheist
debate a Deist, there is no rational basis to do so as either assertion is equally correct in terms of possibility and logical coherency.
So unless deductive logic , observational coherence,and solid empirical data absolutely rule out a possibility on a subject , any stance on the
unproven subject is by definition a belief.
3.) Atheism is rooted in science.
Science involves testable theories, peer review, and evidence based arguments. That should tell you that Atheism is not rooted in science at all by
definition. That is like saying theism is rooted in science and we all know that is bad science.
Stay tuned for part 2 in which I try to explain the error in the top arguments theists use against Atheism. I am an Atheist so do not think any of
this is biased . That is why I wrote the problem with Atheism first.
[edit on 30-7-2010 by IamBoon]