"When I'm asked to define "atheism" I usually spout off the dictionary definition, "one who does not believe in a god or gods." Theists often turn this into "so, you believe there is no God," which is a subtle…"
"I agree 100%. That's kinda what I was getting at too.
With the gnostic atheist thing, it's usually not a belief there is no god at all...Typically atheists that claim to know about the lack of existenc e for a certain god are basing it on…"
"Let me add that, as Smith implies, it's a mistake to define "atheism" as "a lack of belief." That particular characterization, found in many dictionaries, is one created by theists.
The word "lack" suggests want.…"
"The point I'm trying to make here is that "atheism" is the broader term in the sense that its basic meaning is "without theistic belief," a description that applies to the agnostic as well as to the atheist. There are, of…"
"I always thought agnosticism meant your approach to your theism/atheism. (A = without, gnostic = knowledge)
So an agnostic atheist would mean they didn't know and didn't believe.
Agnostic theist would be someone that believed, but…"
"In its most basic sense, "atheism" is the absence of theistic belief. That is the word's fundamental meaning. In this basic sense, then, an agnostic is also an atheist.
In this persuasive vein, consider the following excerpts from…"
"My physicist brother bounces between theism, agnosticism, and atheism about every six months (it used to really depress me when I was a xtian, but now I don't worship a fuck-head god that would send him to hell, so it's okay!) He jokingly…"
We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.
Okay, first things first. We all know that atheism is basically a lack of belief in God or gods. Have you ever met someone who says, "But I'm an agnostic, not an atheist!"? Being agnostic, as coined by Thomas Huxley, means that you don't know either way if God or gods exist. So, yes, that tells me about what you know. But what do you believe?Ask a Christian what it means to believe in God. He or she will most likely tell you that it's an all or nothing type of deal. You can't sort of believe in…See More
Greetings, Jennie! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus in a year. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
Thank you for being here. You are a gem.
I don't agree with your all of your viewpoint on atheism vs agnosticism.
I'm a gnostic atheist. Gravity does exist and so does Evolution as we know it.
Reality confirms what we know and what we don't.