Belief in nothing is different than having no opinion.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. Psalm 24
"True law is right reason in agreement with nature . . . Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature [and] will suffer the worst penalties . . ." - Cicero
Somehow it is important to atheists to have this appearance of no-belief as something that exists without action on their part.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
If someone has no opinion on a belief in God(s) then they still do not have a belief in God(s) therefore they are not a theist (atheist).
If someone believes there is no God(s) then they are also not a theist (atheist).
The fact that these two people are both defined as atheists has nothing to do with how they arrived at the conclusions. It only matter that they both do NOT have a belief in God(s). They are both not theists (atheists)
Last edited by scourge99; 08-24-09 at 03:54 PM.
There's only 4 options:
1) you believe in God(s).
2) you don't believe in God(s).
3) you haven't considered God(s).
4) you've considered God(s) but haven't decided what you believe.
#1 is a belief in God(s); theism.
#2, #3, #4 is not a belief in God(s); non-theism a.k.a, atheism.
Last edited by scourge99; 08-24-09 at 04:09 PM.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
I believe in science, nature, karma, knowledge, humanity, life, introspection, history (that it repeats itself), and the human mind.
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language...No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." - John Donne
This is important because atheism is without content, its like being a non-astrologer. I don't even like the term because I don't define label myself based on what I don't believe. I also don't feel compelled to label myself an a-unicornist.
Last edited by Lachean; 08-24-09 at 04:43 PM.
Who left the fridge open?