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-ist |əst, ist|
suffix [ forming personal nouns and some related adjectives: ]
1 denoting an adherent of a system of beliefs, principles, etc., expressed by nouns ending in - ism : hedonist | Buddhist. See -ism ( sense 2).
• denoting a person who subscribes to a prejudice or practices discrimination: sexist.
2 denoting a member of a profession or business activity: dentist | dramatist | florist.
• denoting a person who uses a thing: flutist | motorist.
• denoting a person who does something expressed by a verb ending in -ize : plagiarist.
1 denoting an action or its result: baptism | exorcism.
• denoting a state or quality: barbarism.
2 denoting a system, principle, or ideological movement: Anglicanism | feminism | hedonism.
• denoting a basis for prejudice or discrimination: racism.
3 denoting a peculiarity in language: colloquialism | Canadianism.
4 denoting a pathological condition: alcoholism.
noun informal, chiefly derogatory
a distinctive practice, system, or philosophy, typically a political ideology or an artistic movement: of all the isms, fascism is the most repressive.
When people are born, they have to take on the culture they are in through experience, this is basic developmental psychology.
I think you got right to the core of the issue here. It reminds me of the "blank slate" argument, but used to show that atheism itself has developed into a culture.
Originally posted by TheSubversiveOne
Positing the idea that children are born with an ideology is dishonest.
It is actually dishonest, I think that Atheists could use this argument to promote agendas that a baby would in no way, shape or form understand.
Originally posted by dollukka
I don´t believe they are born atheist.. they are born to be and believe in Good.
Hmm, interesting question. But I don't think atheism is a natural-born state. It's learned every bit as much as spirituality is learned.
I think a person is essentially born as a blank slate, ready to be impressed upon. What we learn to believe or disbelieve is a result of enculturation and nurturance; it's a product of our environment. It's a process. It's not in-born.
We learn the negative behaviors through experience, and negative / destructive cultures can unfortunately be just as prevalent in Atheist societies as anywhere else.
Originally posted by H1ght3chHippie
Since a baby does not possess knowledge about any God whatsoever, logic dictates that it therefore can not believe in any god.
Originally posted by Metallicus
Nature herself has imprinted on the minds of all the idea of God. - Cicero
My personal opinion is that people are born with the concept of God. Much as Cicero believed I think God is a universal concept ingrained in the soul.
Your mileage with this opinion may vary.
So technically everyone is born an atheist because they lack the ability to understand the concept of God.