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76.
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
 
36.
Someone who believes that when we die, nothing happens.
Atheist: When we die, nothing happens.
Non-Atheist: So we don't go to heaven?
Atheist: No.
by jonnyg1 October 19, 2006
 
37.
Someone who does not subscribe to any religions and does not believe in any gods or deities.

Strong atheism: Makes a claim that no gods exist.

Weak atheism: Does not make any claim about the existance of gods. Does not believe in gods because there is no evidence for them.
"Hey do you want to go to my church this Sunday?"
"No I am an atheist"

Do you believe in god?

Strong atheist: No, gods are just fairy tales created by man.

Weak atheist: No, there is no evidence for me to justify such a beleif with.
by charlesas April 05, 2010
 
38.
a person who hold ridiculous beliefs up to ridicule.
Christopher Hitchens is a notorious atheist.
by rocketman77049 December 03, 2009
 
39.
A person who lacks or has an absence of belief in God or gods.
The phrase "There are no atheists in foxholes" isnt an argument against atheists, its an argument against foxholes!
by Icehawk April 13, 2004
 
40.
1.) We are just normal people trying to live our lives.

2.) An atheist, contrary to seemingly popular belief, is a relatively normal person.

The atheist simply believes that there is/are no God/gods. Generally, atheists don't consider themselves to be smarter than all theists. You could say that atheism is taking the Christian practice of not recognizing such beliefs as Paganism one step further in not recognizing any religion. Atheists also tend to be more tolerant, and usually do not proselytize. Atheism is not a "belief," it is a lack of any belief and does not function as a religion would, in that the amount of atheists holds no significance.

The atheist is characterized as explaining that the Big Bang was the beginning of everything around us, but not able to explain how it came about. The Christian is characterized as then pointing out the necessicity of a God for such an act. This is where atheists differ from theists.

Atheists, for the most part, believe that the initial "ingredients" for today's universe have always been present, since it is impossible to create something from nothing. Yes, it is true that no one knows how this came to be, but then again, how can we start to understand something so incredibly complex in its nature when the necessary technology have only just come into exisitence in the last century? It will be an ongoing struggle in the following years to finally understand this phenomenon. We just don't insert God into the equation.
I am an atheist, in that I'll accept you for what you believe even if I don't quite agree with you.
 
41.
People that judge every Christian based simply off the actions of people like Fred Phelps. To disprove religion, they often say such witty/original things like, "You believe in God? There's about as much proof for him as the Flying Spaghetti Monster." By the way, I was being sarcastic when saying that that was original. It was obviously stolen from The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
Steve: I'm an Atheist. Therefore, I'm much more intelligent than any Christian.

Doug: I don't know. There are some pretty smart Christians.

Steve: No there aren't. Fuck off.
by BillCosby4321 June 21, 2010
 
42.
someone believing in no religion and or afterlife.
Because Susie was an atheist, she was not bothered by the other students chanting "Go to hell Susie! Go to hell!"
by Dr.Octillary April 08, 2011