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One who denys on disbelives the existance of God.
Atheists are NOT the same as Wiccans.
by Oh Em Gee August 29, 2006
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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
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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
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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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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
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1. Someone who isn't afraid of the concept that there might not be a life after death.

2. Someone who does not bow down to a deity that constantly threatens to burn you alive for not believing in a certain way after said deity created you to believe in an alternate way.

3. Someone who, throughout history, has been the source of ridicule and offensiveness. However, when said atheist ridicules a christian, jew, or muslim they are labeled as offensive and blasphemous.
Christian #1: Hey look it's John the Atheist, let's go make fun of him.

Christian #2: Nah, let's convert him instead.
by eggster215 December 29, 2010
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There are two types of atheists, but the word refers to one who lacks belief in Gods, angels, etc. A lot of atheists are respectful to what religious people believe while many others are not. The intolerant ones tend to bash religion-particularly Christianity at any chance they get and assume that all Christians are arrogant and prejudice. (Just to be fair, yes, some Christians are like this, but they cannot call themselves Christians when their attitude goes against what Jesus taught and think they can use his words to pass judgment. But there are plenty of others who actually care how someone feels.)
Christian: "I believe God and Jesus are guiding me and will help me."

Tolerant Atheist: "Religion is not really my cup of tea, but that's cool."

Christian: "I believe God and Jesus will help me."
Intolerant Atheist: "Shut up you stupid Bible thumper! Your God isn't real!"
by jklsh June 25, 2012
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