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User Info: Guide

Guide
8 years ago#51
I see what the last three posters did there.
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'Would have', not 'would of'.

User Info: MasterGamer72

MasterGamer72
8 years ago#52
Right now I'm on my phone, so I can't reply to everything that I currently want to in his topic, but:

I see atheism as more of a declaration there is no god, one does not exist. Like a conscious belief that there is no god. i don't really see atheism as a simple lack of belief in a god. There is a difference. Hopefully I'm making sense.
Mhm.

User Info: OnceInALifeTime

OnceInALifeTime
8 years ago#53
I see atheism as more of a declaration there is no god, one does not exist. Like a conscious belief that there is no god. i don't really see atheism as a simple lack of belief in a god. There is a difference. Hopefully I'm making sense.

The difference is set out in the terms "weak" and "strong" atheist. A strong atheist is making the claim there are no gods, while a weak atheist isn't making a claim, or at least accepts that there is a possibility of a god existing (however small). A definition of "lack of belief" includes both of them quite well.
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User Info: Guide

Guide
8 years ago#54
That weak/strong thing is so bunk.

"Well I believe this, but I'm not actually claiming it."
Of course the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you--if you don't play, you can't win. -- Robert Heinlein
'Would have', not 'would of'.

User Info: OnceInALifeTime

OnceInALifeTime
8 years ago#55
It's not a claim though, more a position. I would consider myself a weak atheist because I do not hold a belief in a deity, do not think it's likely, but understand that there is a possibility of a deity existing. Basically I'm a sceptic. I'm not making a claim or any statement beyond my own belief. I also don't agree with the statement "there definitely are no gods", as it's not demonstrably true.

So rather than it being "Well I believe this, but not actually claiming it", it's more "I don't believe it's true, where is your evidence?".
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User Info: zyzzvya01

zyzzvya01
8 years ago#56
I don't think there is a God. I don't think God exists in any way, shape or form. I believe in what can be proven, and what I can experience.

I don't need a supernatural crutch to enrich my life, I have friends, family and the pursuit of knowledge for that.

I don't care whether people choose to believe in a God, but I don't think their belief is in any way rational or respectable. I tend to ignore people's stance on a God and judge them for who they are as much as possible.

Ultimately I think religion of all kinds, but especially Christianity and Islam, has been a negative and violent force on earth far more often than it has been a force for good, and only very recently have religious groups in general become less openly hateful and aggressive.

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NsM Comatosis
8 years ago#57
Atheist

Born and raised in a predominantly Catholic country, and to quasi-religious parents (they "believe," but they don't really go to church or anything). Most of my K-12 education happened in Catholic and Protestant schools. A lot of the religion that was taught to me never really sat well with me, but I figured "hey, these guys are adults, so they must know what they're talking about." Once I realized adults can be idiots too and decided to research what I was being told instead of just believing it, I realized I have no interest whatsoever in religion.

I spent a few years calling myself an agnostic, but that was mainly due to the "what if I'm wrong?" factor. Further research led me to conclude I have no reason to assume I'm wrong, hence I'm now an atheist.
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the_hedonist
8 years ago#58
I consider myself a non-denominational evangelical Christian. To be more specific, I am also charismatic and Calvinistic.

I grew up in a Baptist family (to the extent that even all 8 of my great-grandparents were Baptist; we are a very religious family - I remember growing up and going to church anytime there was anything happening there...usually about 3-4 times a week), and I have believed in the truth of the Bible in some form for as long as I can remember. I have had seasons of doubt and research and discovery, but I am more firmly planted in the faith than I ever have been. While my doctrinal positions have changed slightly over the years, it hasn't changed too much.
Everything that doesn't have to do with elephants is irrelephant.
~The Christian Hedonist~

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gamesrgreat
8 years ago#59
Atheism

Used to be a Seventh-Day Adventist then I was sorta headed for non-denominational then I just went straight to atheism.
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PMarth2002
8 years ago#60
Diranosaur posted...
Do you belong to a religion, is so, which? If not, what do you believe in?
What did you use to believe in? I would be very interested in hearing what you all have to say.


Atheist, have been my whole life.
I thought that they were angels, but to my surprise
They climbed aboard their starship and headed for the skies
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