Fed up with the “preconceived ideas” evolved from “theistic influences”, the folks over at American Atheists (Atheists.org) set out to set the record straight on what exactly Atheism is.
In a brief article entitled “What is Atheism” Atheism is defined like so: “Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods.”
So according this this definition, a person who claims to be an atheist is simply someone who lacks a belief in gods. Like a missing block in a brick building, the belief is simply not there and no belief has filled the void.
But do beliefs work that way? Can a switch be neither on nor off? Can one both lack belief and disbelief? That just doesn’t seem logical.
It begs the question, how does an atheist respond If asked directly, “Do you believe in God?”
If my interpretation of the definition is correct, the answer would have to be something like this…
I lack a both belief and disbelief in god.
That sounds familiar. Where have I seen that before? Oh yeah…
Agnostic – “a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.”
So it would seem that if Atheism is not disbelief, but a lack of belief, it is nothing more than agnosticism.