Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 9 months ago

Is atheism the claim that no Gods exist or the disbelief in God?

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  • 9 months ago
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    Answer, both.  Why?  Old school like Hawking and hitchens said there is no god.

    New school like dillahunty, Amon ra, et al., say I don’t believe in gods.

    It’s a minuscule distinction.  And really,  the New is NOT more effective when employed in an existential debate.  So why use it? avoid perceived anti theism tones?  Idk, Hitchens imo is still unmatched.   

  • 9 months ago

    Just try to define a god. One of the most worshipped by atheists is Zeus, their god of athletics they worship without even knowing it. Paul ran into them on Mar's Hill Acts 17:16 … But even mare atheists worship a Sun god who is condemned in Eze. 8: 16, and 11 Kings 10:18-27, but even though they do not realize it, do worship those non gods through their stubborn ignorance.

  • 9 months ago

    Atheism is due to the disbelief of the disbelievers.

  • 9 months ago

    Atheists have their own reasons which differ  from one to the next so any question about or if atheists will differ greatly because there is no unified belief, a basic foundation other than there is no god, that’s as close a unification as you will find although this alone is far from a unification in itself but back to the original question a disbelief in god would seem to represent acknowledgement  so I would say a belief that god doesn’t exist, some say because there’s not enough evidence and some say because it’s all a load of BS meaning religion then there’s others that claim to be spiritual and believe there is more to life but it’s an energy and not god, the truth is everyone’s perception of who and what god might be differs so people are rarely talking about what they assume each other is referring to 

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  • 9 months ago

    It is all a matter of definition. Personally I call myself an atheist, even though I do not absolutely reject the idea of a god existing, but I do not believe in any god. If somebody else wants to use a different definition, that is fine by me.

  • 9 months ago

    Well, let's put it this way: atheists claim that there is no evidence that any gods exist and state that as their reason for disbelief in God/gods. For atheists to claim no gods exist then to say they believe in God/gods would make them out to be bordering on insane, which is why they cannot say one, without also holding to the other. You can put the two claims the other way around, and it still holds good.

  • 9 months ago

    It is rejection of the positive claim.

  • 9 months ago

    Since we can only address the "claim" that Gods exist, atheism is generally about not believing the claim due to no "good" reasons to do so or not even aware of the claim as in infants. Atheism literally means "not" theism, for whatever reasons. There are atheists who do claim to "know" Gods don't exist and I would label them gnostic atheists, but most atheists take the agnostic stance of admitting they don't absolutely know for sure that the claim is false, but until good reasoning can be had to support such an existence (theism) or possible existence (agnosticism), then they are at the default of nonexistence as well as stating how unbelievable the claim of magical, nature defying, super Beings are. There could be 5 headed, purple aliens that exist, but the time to claim existence is when they are actually discovered.

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Same thing. Obviously they make the claim because they disbelieve.

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    It is a disbelief in the existence of gods.

    That is all.

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