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Featured What is the Definition of Atheism?

Discussion in 'Non-theism' started by dingdao, May 7, 2019.

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  1. Ancient: You do not believe what I believe.

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  2. Newest: The search for God is futile, so why try.

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  3. There is no God.

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  4. I reject all of your God(s).

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  1. LuisDantas

    LuisDantas Aura of atheification
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    Oh, indeed.

    But there are so many alternatives that are not self-contradictory or utterly unworkable, that doing that would not justify atheism proper.
     
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  2. columbus

    columbus Conservative Catholic from Hell

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    Speaking only for myself.

    I often claim atheism, even though I am not a hard atheist, because it simplifies a discussion. I find it most plausible that religions, even the ones with little of a God image, are all fictional.
    Completely abstract concepts that don't exist in any objective way.

    But most theists cannot grasp the simple notion that, like all other religions, their religion looks like fiction to me. And it also looks like fiction to the rest of us, from non-theists to believers in other religions. Christianity looks like fiction to a Muslim. Hinduism looks like fiction to a Christian. The Greek pantheon looks like fiction to a...

    You get this? Religion is obviously fiction to practically everybody, except theists who believe that they are so special that they understand the unknowable better than anyone else.
    I'm a non-theist because I agree with the Muslims about Greek pantheon, and the Christians about Hinduism, and the Native Americans about Judaism, etc. etc. I agree with all religious people about religions they don't happen to be biased in favor of.
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  3. dingdao

    dingdao The eternal Tao cannot be told - Tao Te Ching

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    1. Anytime anyone tries to "Save Your Soul", they are using this definition. (you do not believe what I believe)

    4. OK, most people don't put in the work or go in the direction to get here. (I reject)

    5. This seems to be a favorite of those who have found a satisfying philosophical reason for (life, the universe & everything).
     
  4. LuisDantas

    LuisDantas Aura of atheification
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    They are? I guess they may well be.

    I would expect that very few would, indeed.

    Apatheism?

    Perhaps. I for one just find it sensible and useful for avoiding useless distractions.
     
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    What is the Definition of Atheism?
    Theism, not.
     
  6. dingdao

    dingdao The eternal Tao cannot be told - Tao Te Ching

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    Sort of like A-Theism.
     
  7. KelseyR

    KelseyR The eternal optimist!

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    KelseyR The eternal optimist!

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    Atheism is strictly about disbelief in god(s).

    I didn't vote because the options looked shaky.
     
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  9. Willamena

    Willamena Just me
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    No, just the "strong" and "hard" contingent.
     
  10. LuisDantas

    LuisDantas Aura of atheification
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    Isn't that what I said?
     
  11. Willamena

    Willamena Just me
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    No.
     
  12. LuisDantas

    LuisDantas Aura of atheification
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    Honestly, I have no idea of what difference you see.
     
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