Have you ever wondered what it means when someone says that they are an atheist? I know I have. Perhaps you’re pretty certain that you already know what atheism is. That’s OK. This blog post can still offer insight into atheism that perhaps you hadn’t considered before.
Let’s see what the atheist themselves have to say. A quick Google search will no doubt turn up the answer.
American Atheist (http://atheists.org/activism/resources/what-is-atheism?)
“Atheism is usually defined incorrectly as a belief system.”
“Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods”
That Atheist Guy (https://youtu.be/HCp66yS8n_4?t=44s)
“Atheism is a non-belief in the existence of a deity” (spoken)
“A disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of deity” (written on screen)
Atheist Survival Guide (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGe53qM1huM)
1. Atheism is not a belief
2. Atheism is a non belief – a rejection to the claims that there is a higher power or supernatural being. Nothing more than this.
“A disbelief in the existence of a diety” ( written on screen)
Those who don’t believe in God have been forced to label themselves as atheists.
Hitchens – What is Atheism (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXUX1c9TTSY)
“We argue (believe) quite simply that there is no plausible or convincing reason, certainly no evidential one, to believe that there is such an entity.”
“I believe that we are not here as the result of a design“ (https://youtu.be/fXUX1c9TTSY?t=1m9s)
Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in deities.
In a narrow sense, atheism is specifically the position (belief) that there are no deities.
So the answer to the question, What is Atheism, should now be quite clear to you I hope. Let’s move onto the types of atheism:
There is gnostic atheism, igtheism, agnostic atheist, negative atheist, weak atheist, implicit atheist, positive atheist, strong atheist, explicit atheist, broad atheist, narrow atheist, and my favorite…drum roll please…
The Religious Atheist
The religious atheist practices religion but does not believe in gods.
I’m not making this up. I swear.
Well that concludes today’s lesson. I hope this post helped to clear up all the preconceived ideas that “evolve from theistic influences.” (http://atheists.org/activism/resources/what-is-atheism?)
Note: No, I didn’t cherry pick these definitions – all offered by self-proclaimed atheists – just because of the obvious contradictions in how they define the doctrine to which they subscribe. These are literally the first results I got when I searched Google for “what is atheism” using both the Web and Video search.