posted on Jul, 18 2012 @ 01:20 AM
I'd be very surprised if half of the posters on this thread (and I'm pointing at the Christians) know the difference between any of the following:
They are ALL very different. However, few take the time to research that far.
Atheism is simple. It's the non-belief in deities.
Ideology is the most frequent cause of killing. That can be Christian, Muslim, Communist, Stalinist, Socialist etc. Fundamentalism in any religion or
ideology is always dangerous. It's almost never atheism because atheism has no ideal. It's simply a personal choice based on common sense, and the
lack of evidence for a deity.
If you are a so-called "Christian" I absolutely guarantee that you pick and choose the bits of the faith you find the most palatable and believe in
those bits. The Bible is the 'word of God' and every word is true, but you don't adhere to every part of it, do you? Call it sin, or call it
whatever you like, you don't live like your holy book tells you. There's bits you think are absolutely clear and must be obeyed, and there's bits
you think are just allegorical and shouldn't be taken literally. Admit it. The "Old testament" doesn't count, apparently, unless you need it. The
ten commandments are "Old testament." You like them, but you don't like the bit about stoning your children to death if they are unruly, do you?
Atheists aren't bothered. They live good lives and don't worry about being watched by some invisible power.
Ideology is where conflict arises. Atheism is not idealistic. It's simply not being concerned with Bronze age (and before) stories and myths, UNLESS
you can provide some solid evidence. Then they have an open mind.
Do you? If solid evidence for the nonexistence of your God was brought forward would you suddenly stop believing it him/her/it/3.14? Of course you
The Khmer Rouge didn't kill because they were atheists. They killed based on their ideology.
Atheism has no ideology.