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
arrogance in the highest degree. the state of firm belief that human science can answer all of life's questions, including the creation of a universe perfect to so many decimal points, life, death and the formation of various religions, which are seen by most atheists as misleading distractions.
Many greedy hypocritical teenagers become 'atheists' because they fail to see the message behind their own faith, usually christianity. Of course, those who are not blind sheep will not turn from the faith nor follow it blindly, but acknowledge that such stories are not intended literally but are to be analysed in terms of an ethical code. Such an ethical code gives way to a near perfect society, in which all are happy and well done by.
The concept of an afterlife is not intended as a binding contract as such, but rather can be viewed as similar to the phrase 'dance like nobody's watching.' Life should be approached with the impression that there is retribution for ones actions, not for the greedy purposes of eternal life but rather for everyone's general comfort so all can live in peace.
Teenage atheism merely removes the eternal life clause so that suicide becomes an option. very selfish.
In fact it takes a very high intellect to be a respectable atheist, much more reasoning than is available to the average teenager who wants to evade church.
atheism is, for many, the 'soft option' so to speak, allowing them to self indulge at other's expense.


Stephen Hawking could probably get away with being atheist.
by english___p October 07, 2006
Atheism is simply the opposite of theism.
Yes,and Antichrist is simply the opposite of Christ.
The Antichrist is the opposer.
Satan is the adversary.
Funny how it all fits and makes sense,huh?
Funny how the Satanists don't believe in God or Satan but instead are goth atheists into goth atheism and embrace all of the deadly sins.
John 8:44
For you are the children of your father the Devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning and has always hated the truth. There is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.
John 8:32
And you will know the truth , and the truth will set you free.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
by may you find truth June 16, 2006
Monotheism or Creationism is a hypothesis and theory still in the testing stage that the person of faith strongly presupposes will eventually be proven a scientific law!

^This is following the scientific method.

Atheism has already determined that "God doesn't exist and is simply a fairy tale."

^This doesn't follow the scientific method.Calling something a fairy tale is not a scientific approach.

However firmly believing something to be so and then looking to prove it,is infact following the scientific method.Faith is the essence of science.Faith is the most important step in the scientific method.
"Faith is the catalyst of science" - me
by weed March 16, 2005
The most ridiculous "religion" ever.

It's kind of funny actually, what it takes to be athiest is contradictory to the very idea of it.

First you have to acknowledge that there is a god, not to believe in!

It's kind of self-destructive now isn't it.
Atheism is a very self-destructive idea....full of irrational thoughts and the likes when it comes right down to it.
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
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