There are two kinds of atheism: strong (positive) atheism and weak (negative) atheism. The difference between these two is basically that a weak atheist doesn't believe in God, while a strong atheist believes in no God.

Weak atheism is essentially the same as agnosticism]. It states that since we have no proof of a God, we cannot know for sure that one exists. Strong atheism states that since we live in a scientific world where the existence of things is determined solely by their observability, we cannot assume anything unobservable to exist. God isn’t observable, therefore he doesn’t exist (cf. Occam’s Razor). This doesn't mean that an atheist wouldn't WANT to believe in God, it merely means that he has no REASON to believe in it/him.

Strong atheists often question the special treatment weak atheists – and theists – give to religion. If they believe that the tooth fairy or Santa Claus do not exist, why are they willing to give God a benefit of the doubt?

Strong atheism is often equated with religion since it takes a strong stance on the issue. This is, however, fallacious. Religion is not based on rationality, and strong atheists value rationality over fantasy. Therefore atheism is not parallel with religion.
I do not follow atheism. I merely concur with it.
by Servant Of Progress October 21, 2004
SCIENCE....."SHOULD" be open to the concept that there might be a god.

Atheists claim to favor science.

Atheists....."SHOULD" be open to the possibility that god might exist.

by Logic March 13, 2005
the opiate of the masses
atheism and state has resulted in the deaths of over 100 million people
by you suck you fuckin maggots March 07, 2005
The religion devoted to the worship of one's own smug sense of superiority.
Hey atheist, where's your no God now?
by DailyShow January 27, 2005
People who have nothing other than their text books to look to when you want to know how you came here, and how you should live your live. See Catholic for the right way to go.
Man, atheism really cracks down everything that the human race has beleived for 2000+ years...
by Atonic January 07, 2006
Irrational belief that basically totally discounts the possibility that there might actually be a god without having any evidence to support this irrational belief.They often state that "they don't need god or religion because they have science".

Science wouldn't even be so foolish as to totally discount the possibility that there might actually be a god without having factual evidence to support that position.According to science,until it's disproven then it "IS" a possibility.This is how science works no matter what the subject is.You cannot prove or disprove something without evidence for to do so would be un-scientific!

Science "must" keep an open mind until it is absolutely proven one way or the other.To discount the possibility that their might actually be a god without "proof" would be irrational,illogical and un-scientific!

Any hypothesis requires faith and testing and cannot be proven or disproven without hard evidence to support either possibility.
Without faith there would be no science.

Without god there would be no science.

God is the ultimate hypothesis,and being an eternal being,much faith and testing is required before we can positively say one way or the other whther or not god exists or not.To do so without facts to back it up would be unscientific.To have faith in god even though no evidence exists "IS" scientific because it is a "hypothesis" and must be investigated and tested and cannot be discounted until all of the facts are in.

So there.
by Bonghit wonderboy March 14, 2005
A person who does not believe in God and the after life. It is sad, in that the person believes that there is no God. They live without hope. Someday when the person dies they go to Hell. If they had only believed in Christ and had been good people, they would have gone to Heaven.
Example of atheism:

Person 1: "Christ is truth."
Person 2: "I don't believe it."
Person 1 dies later *Goes to Heaven*
Person 2 dies later *Goes to Hell*
by Smith22006 July 07, 2006
To have zero faith in god and absolute faith in the government and government ran institutions and government indoctrination of the masses through these government ran institutions.
Blind faith in science is blind faith in the government ran institutions of indoctrination.

For atheists the government is god.
by Think OUTSIDE the BOX! March 13, 2005

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