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  • I consider myself a positive atheist.

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  • I consider myself a negative atheist.

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  • I consider myself an apatheist.

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    Atheists.

    There is a crucial difference among those who are atheists, and I've never seen a poll.

    Wikipedia gives the following definitions.

    Positive atheism (also called strong atheism and hard atheism) is the form of atheism that asserts that no deities exist.

    Negative atheism (also called weak atheism and soft atheism) is any other type of atheism, wherein a person does not believe in the existence of any deities, but does not explicitly assert there to be none.

    Rational Wiki notes an additional type, apatheism, who has no interest in accepting or denying claims that a god or gods exist or do not exist.

    So what type of atheist are you?

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    Re: Atheists.

    I used to be a negative atheist, but a little thinking got me away from it and into the realm of agnosticism which then lead to deism.
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    Re: Atheists.

    Quote Originally Posted by 29A View Post
    There is a crucial difference among those who are atheists, and I've never seen a poll.

    Wikipedia gives the following definitions.

    Positive atheism (also called strong atheism and hard atheism) is the form of atheism that asserts that no deities exist.

    Negative atheism (also called weak atheism and soft atheism) is any other type of atheism, wherein a person does not believe in the existence of any deities, but does not explicitly assert there to be none.

    Rational Wiki notes an additional type, apatheism, who has no interest in accepting or denying claims that a god or gods exist or do not exist.

    So what type of atheist are you?

    Wikipedia article.
    Rationalwiki article.
    I would have ticked Agnostic, had there been a button. But Apatheism is close enough.

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    Re: Atheists.

    I'm a positive atheist.

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    Re: Atheists.

    By your definition I'm closer to a Negative athiest but at times I can be a positive athiest because while I cannot definitively rule out the existence of some for deity I really do think that people who take the biblical manmade account seriously are a little nuts.

    Now by saying that I am offending many people who I give the utmost respect and deference, I do not believe faith in and of itself is bad or unhealthy except when it leads to extremism and rejection of clearly factual information such as evolution.

    I tend to believe in a more less tangible idea of what controls the universe, the closest idea I could draw from is something closer to "The Force" from Star Wars, which I think with a bit less personality is a far better theory than a mystical sky god who gets angry about butt sex.

    Just my 2 cents.

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    Re: Atheists.

    Quote Originally Posted by 29A View Post
    There is a crucial difference among those who are atheists, and I've never seen a poll. Wikipedia gives the following definitions. Positive atheism (also called strong atheism and hard atheism) is the form of atheism that asserts that no deities exist. Negative atheism (also called weak atheism and soft atheism) is any other type of atheism, wherein a person does not believe in the existence of any deities, but does not explicitly assert there to be none. Rational Wiki notes an additional type, apatheism, who has no interest in accepting or denying claims that a god or gods exist or do not exist. So what type of atheist are you?
    Um, all of the above?

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    Re: Atheists.

    Quote Originally Posted by 29A View Post
    There is a crucial difference among those who are atheists, and I've never seen a poll.

    Wikipedia gives the following definitions.

    Positive atheism (also called strong atheism and hard atheism) is the form of atheism that asserts that no deities exist.

    Negative atheism (also called weak atheism and soft atheism) is any other type of atheism, wherein a person does not believe in the existence of any deities, but does not explicitly assert there to be none.

    Rational Wiki notes an additional type, apatheism, who has no interest in accepting or denying claims that a god or gods exist or do not exist.

    So what type of atheist are you?

    Wikipedia article.
    Rationalwiki article.
    That's always a tough one. On one hand I believe I'm not obligated to affirm or deny the existence of a god since we're born atheists, and were the subject of gods not to take place, I would never have been asked to affirm or deny them at all. That would most likely make me a soft atheist. On the other hand, the conversation does come up (at least on the interwebz, not so much irl), and in that instance I'm forced to make the statement that "as no evidence for gods have been forthcoming it's fair to conclude they don't exist." I suppose that's closer to positive atheism.

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    Re: Atheists.

    I liked apatheism but internet muslims and putting-god-before-yourself thinking changed all of that.

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    Re: Atheists.

    Quote Originally Posted by 29A View Post
    There is a crucial difference among those who are atheists, and I've never seen a poll.

    Wikipedia gives the following definitions.

    Positive atheism (also called strong atheism and hard atheism) is the form of atheism that asserts that no deities exist.

    Negative atheism (also called weak atheism and soft atheism) is any other type of atheism, wherein a person does not believe in the existence of any deities, but does not explicitly assert there to be none.

    Rational Wiki notes an additional type, apatheism, who has no interest in accepting or denying claims that a god or gods exist or do not exist.

    So what type of atheist are you?

    Wikipedia article.
    Rationalwiki article.
    Hard to answer, as I don't think there's a fundamental difference between a "negative" and "positive" atheist. If I say that the Earth revolves around the sun (positive statement), that doesn't mean that the Earth revolves around the sun with 100% certainy, rather that's the way the evidence points.

    The real difference between a "negative" and "positive" atheist is simply an understanding of the burden of proof. If the burden of proof isn't on the crazies to prove their assertions but rather on us as the skeptical onlookers, then no positive statement of any kind can be made about anything. Nobody attaches a "according to my opinion" on the front of every single positive statement they make, yet anyone could be wrong about anything.
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    Re: Atheists.

    Quote Originally Posted by recalcitrant View Post
    I liked apatheism but internet muslims and putting-god-before-yourself thinking changed all of that.
    So the behavior of humans would determine the level of your belief or non-belief in a god?

    Not that that would be entirely unprecedented either...

    On a separate note, I would have liked there to be multiple poll options. I think I would have fit more than one depending on the circumstances.

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