Recently, I had a discussion with my professor of cultural geography and we could not agree on the definition of atheism. He described atheism as the belief that there is no gods. I challenged him and said (this occurred in front of the class) "Is atheism really the belief that there is no gods or is it the lack of a belief in a god?" He considered that for a moment and asked "then what is the difference between atheism and agnosticism". And I responded, " Well atheism is dealing with belief and agnosticism is dealing with knowledge. There is a difference." He said he didn't want to get into semantics and what not but I feel that as a professor perhaps he should have gave different variations of atheism. Be it positive atheism or negative atheism. Or strong atheism or weak atheism. I think its unfair to broad brush atheists as believing there is no god. No mainstream muslim would want to be categorized as holding the same beliefs as the Taliban. My question is do you think the definition he gave in lecture is a misrepresentation of atheism? Please explain. Also do you think there are more weak atheists than there are strong atheist and has there been some kind of poll done?My idea is that there are more weak atheist. But I don't know.