A very broad catagory of people that others may consider anything from unethical to logical. In truth atheism (a-lacking; theism-beleif in a higher power) makes up a large number of people with different beleifs. Not all atheists are such because they don't have proof that God exists.

I, for one, am atheist because I know that if I were Christian, and I ended up in heven, I would feel guilty that a good many people in hell were there for eternity because they grew up with one set of "heretical" beleifs and "were never taught better".

I beleive that hell is a punishment that people are told they will face if they are not good to their fellow man. This would be a good thing, however, if, say, a Native American, who did not beleive Christ was the son of God and did only good during his life, goes to hell, that defeats the concept.

Nobody has the right to say one child is born with "original sin" and the way to cleanse him is to pay the church.

I have many reasons to be atheist (and science is one of them). It is always better to judge the individual than to put everybody into about 25 groups and dictate their right to live on this planet based on that.
by Anonymous May 25, 2003
someone who does not believe in any gods. there are two kinds of atheists: strong atheists believe that the existence of gods are impossible, weak atheists (called agnostics) don't believe in god, but would start believing in him if he were proven true.

atheists usually come in two flavors: atheists who don't believe in god based on science, evolution, the big bang, humanism, skepticism and logic. the second group, unfortunately, are goths and vampires who don't believe in god because it's "alternative" and "anti-establishment".
Atheist: Gods are a logic fallacy
by Phil the Pill September 05, 2006
A highly disputed term that can have any number of meanings.

The following are three colloquial definitions as understood and used by the average American:
1) Someone who believes that there is no God/Gods
2) That asshole who spends all of his time arguing with or scoffing at Christians about their beliefs.
3) A socially-depraved menace to society bent on burning our churches and brainwashing our children into joining their cult which is really based on worshiping Satan and may be headed by the Jews in their attempt to control the world's money and media in order to enslave us all... (I can go on)

But it's only fair to explain atheism as defined by atheists. After all, they are the ones who identify with the term. So what do THEY believe?

Generally, there are two strains of atheism, as used by atheists:
1. "Strong" atheism- The belief that there are no Gods
2. "Weak" atheism- The lack of belief in Gods

The vast majority of atheists fall into category 2. You're hard-pressed to find an atheist who is absolutely certain that there is no God.

There is a confusion about the terms "agnosticism" and "atheism" and it's important to make the distinction clear.

Agnosticism is a position concerning knowledge of Gods. Agnostics either:
1) believe that there is no way to know for certain whether or not there are Gods
2) are undecided on the issue because they currently lack sufficient evidence

Meanwhile, atheism/theism are positions concerning what you do and do not believe regardless of any claims to knowledge. Thus, fusions between the two are likely:

Agnostic atheist- I do not believe in any Gods because 1) or 2)
Agnostic theist- I believe despite 1) or 2) for any number of reasons (fear of hell, hope, comfort, feeling that there must be some great power/first cause, etc.)

Most self-proclaimed "agnostics" are also atheists. It's very common to hear someone who calls him/herself an agnostic say,
"I don't know whether or not there is a God, so I am neither a theist nor an atheist". But like the second strain of atheism, they do NOT have belief in any Gods. If they did believe, then they wouldn't be undecided! Thus, they are undecided and without belief (agnostic atheist). In much the same way, you can say that all infants and animals are also agnostic atheists!

Now, I say this is true for MOST self-proclaimed agnostics because I have yet to hear someone call him/herself an agnostic AND claim to believe in a God. This is because most self-proclaimed agnostics think of agnosticism as a third-choice between atheism and theism. I'm of the personal opinion that this is largely due to the many negative connotations surrounding the term "atheist" (see colloquial definitions above)

I apologize for the obscene length of this definition (inb4 tl;dr!), so I won't go into detail concerning this next point:
Atheism is NOT a religion. For the same reason, theism is also not a religion. You need more than mere belief/disbelief in a God(s) to be aptly identified as a religion.
Bob: Hey Fred!
Fred: Hey Bob!
Bob: You know, in all our many years of friendship, I've never asked you a simple question. Do you believe in God?
Fred: I'm an atheist-
*violence*
Bob: WRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!
by SpankyMuffin October 20, 2008
A person who does not believe in a god. Nothing more, nothing less. It is the opposite of theist which is a person who believes in a supernatural being or deity.
Bob: Do you think god is real?
Rick: No, I am an atheist.
Bob: Oh, that's cool. Me too!
by aj00200 June 29, 2011
A being that doesn't believe in any deity or deities.

A.K.A what you were when you were first born.
Me: Hey, do you wanna go to church tomorrow?
You: No thanks, I'm an atheist.
Me: An atheist? What's that?
You: Somebody that doesn't believe in any deities.
by mynameisjonas45@YouTube.com December 12, 2010
An atheist is...
1. Someone who acknowledges science, evidence, and all things rational instead of pure faith in a deity or deities. Instead of relying on "The Lord" to improve their lives, an atheist would be the best he or she can be.

a. The relationship between Christians and Atheists:

Some Christians attempt to verbally attack or convert Atheists and vice versa. Both have their extremists and their everyday average joe citizens who do not intervene with the lives of the opposite.

The logical thing to do in a situation like this where some of both factions are at verbal war is to simply leave the opposite alone. The saying "If you have nothing good to say, don't say it" comes into play here.
1. Religious Guy: Please Lord bring back my lost kitten, Mr. Snuggles...
Atheist: Dude, Mr. Snuggles is gone?? C'mon lets look for him, I have a flashlight!
R.G: No, no, if I remain pious to the Lord Mr. Snuggles shall return on his own.
A: I'm sure he will...It's a shame...I'll miss that little furry guy..

2. Extremist R.G: REPENT OR BURN IN THE FIRES OF HELL NOW YE GODLESS SCUM!!
Extremist A: GTFO YOU BRAINWASHED TOOL!!

Average Joe R.G: Ah, time for Church.
Average Joe A: That's cool, wanna grab a burger afterwards and talk about some current events affecting our world?
Average Joe R.G: Sure, why not :)
by G42 The Truth November 07, 2008
Atheist-One who does not believe that God or gods exist. That's it. That's all there is to it. NEVER i mean fucking NEVER judge a whole group of people because of what some of them believe. Yes, some blindly condemn religion. Yes, some are just angry, angst-ridden teens. Yes, some say they don't believe but inside actually do. And yes, some are confused and don't know what to believe, or are just scared to. But some athiests actually CARE about the truth and have done research and personal reflection to come to a personal conclusion based on tons and tons of thought. Also, NEVER assume that you're right! No matter what you believe. Even if someone honestly believe something completely ridiculous to YOU, keep that to YOURSELF. Judging people BEFORE you really know them is parallel to racism, and people can NEVER be judged as a group. Some athiests are conceeded assholes who are so smug cause they believe they're right. But some athiests have considered the possiblities of higher powers and have actually TRIED to believe in greater enlightenment through God. I have my beliefs and that has NOTHING to do with my personality. I can have fun. I can use common sense and rationality. I think about consequences. I think about other people's feelings. I know that my reasons for this disbelief may offend you, so i KNOW that i have to keep them to myself unless asked to say why. People, you have YOUR beliefs of what you think is right. That doesn't mean you have to bring it upon other people, even if you THINK you're doing the right thing. Everyone has their reasons for thinking something, but someone's belief in their own personal TRUTH cant tell you who they are. Please, people respect each other. That's all the world needs. Respect and common sense.
Accept minor flaws, accept human imperfection, and accept people's identities. I'm not perfect. I KNOW there's a possibility that I'm wrong. Maybe some people just need to hear that.
Dude 1: Dude you coming to the party tonight?
Dude 2: Nah, sorry. Got church tomorrow.
1: Alright, man. Do whatcha gotta do.
2: Say you wanna come some time? Just so you can see what I beleive?
1: Sure, why not? I might be atheist, but who knows? Exploring the possibilities may find something that appeals to me more. It would be ignorant to just assume without personal thought that there is no higher power.
2: Glad to hear it.

(You see?! 2 people with completely different beliefs that can still be friends because they accept their PERSONALITIES over religion)
by Mi nombre no es importante. May 06, 2006
To be without any religious beliefs.
I am an atheist. I don't believe in heaven, hell, spirits, or souls. I think of after-death as the same state as pre-birth. I have no creed, no rituals, no voices telling me to do crazy shit. Atheism is not a religion. Religious people like to call it one because their narrow minds can't imagine living without at least ONE delusion. If atheism was a religion then disbelief in Zeus would be a mythology, and clear would be a color.
by aslanmane December 23, 2010

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