Skip to comments.What Am I: Atheist, Theist, or Something Else?
Posted on 10/28/2017 7:22:06 AM PDT by Raymond Pamintuan
In my previous article, I originally defined atheism as the rejection of the possibility that God exists because that is how Ive understood the word from the time I spent studying theodicy (God and the problem of evil). But many atheist commenters disagreed with this definition because their self-designation was based on belief statements that didnt align with my knowledge statement.
This article explains the differences between the viewpoints and the logic behind them.
Atheism is commonly called the belief that there arent any gods or the lack of belief in gods. But in a more accurate, philosophical sense, it is the knowledge that gods do not exist. This is easily seen by how an atheist answers the question: Is there a God? Belief is irrelevant to the question; knowledge is whats importantwith the only possible responses to be yes, no, or I dont know.
Calling oneself an atheist is chic in our society, and conveys an air of intellectual sophistication, but many chic atheists describe themselves incorrectly.
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There’s more than one variety of atheism; “strong”, or “positive” atheism (I know no gods exist) vs. “weak”, or “negative” atheism (I have no belief that gods exist).
Is there a God? Belief is irrelevant to the question; knowledge is whats importantwith the only possible responses to be yes, no, or I dont know.
Knowledge is belief.
The question is: is what someone states as knowledge true or not.
You cannot “know” there is not God without believing there is no God.
It is now what we do not know that harms us as much as what we do know that is not so.
Atheists need God or else they would have nothing not to believe in.
Yes, definitely “something else”-—irrational. I agree, confused as well.
That’s ok buddy God still believes in you.
I am a born again Christian so my faith answers all questions.
However, the question an atheist must address; are you here by plan or by accident?
This question will be answered for everybody at some point in time.
Atheists need God
Otherwise their last words as the enemy overruns their fox hole or their ship sinks beneath the waves is “’Oh Random Chance!”
What Am I: Atheist, Theist, or Something Else?
The Bible says you are a fool.
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1).
In the absence of the Holy Spirit all is confusion.
“God does not care what you think; he cares what you do.”
Not according to Luther.
Similarly, theres no eternal benefit to calling oneself a Christian if one lacks genuine love, charity, empathy, and compassion towards others. God does not care what you think; he cares what you do.
I’m a non-religious theist who always treats others the way I want them to treat me.
I look with pity upon those who profess to be atheists...they walk always in darkness.
If there wasn’t [Something], then how I ask can there be anything at all!?
“Just give us one miracle and we will explain all the rest” say those who hold that the universe and ourselves amount to nothing but an accident.
Is it me or is that the most nonsensical piece of blather currently on this board? What is his point differentiating between belief of no god or knowing there is no god. The knowledge part is impossible to prove and has no relevance to a belief, which also implies knowledge of a god. The two are unrelated in any context.
This is an educated man who is some sort of "writing" seer?...and he spends his time writing such circular nonsense? I am, therefore, I am. Or at least I believe I am, which suggests I know I am. But then, may be I'm not and exist in a computer matrix. Human senses are what some electrical neurons tell us what senses are. Pfft.
Serious atheists are materialists. If a non-theist hasn’t thought through things enough yet to adopt that philosophy, then perhaps they could be agnostic, but the possibilities would also include immaturity, ignorance, and laziness. I’m not a materialist.
Thats a LOT of drek to say I dont need god to be a good person
Which completely belies and ignores the philosophy of why that statement is hubris. Without God there is no good because good is then subjective.
I am just a man.
God was apparent to me as a child.
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