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
A lack of belief or faith in the existence of a god or gods, especcially, a belief that there is no god. Atheism is a belief which is often insulted unjustly by its opponents. Atheists are also often called Satanists by Christian fundamentalists who do not understand the beliefs of Satanism. Believers in atheism have been blamed for events such as the 9/11 suicide attacks on the "Twin Towers" in New York, New York, United States of America by such people as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.
Atheism is not Satanism.
by jinrisenfallen September 16, 2005
A lack of, or absence of belief in God or gods.
Atheism, despite its small profile amoungst most of humanity is actually a default position to which all human beings are born into, its just that many people are either indoctrinated from childhood into following, or later in life choose to follow some form of theism, polytheism, or even pantheism.
by Icehawk April 13, 2004
Quite simply put; someone who lacks a god belief. This could be the absence of said god in mind, or lack of faith. Just like members of any group, some of us are overzealous or so ignorant we fail to realize the purpose of any source of morales. Do not judge eachother based on prejudice. Do not seek to find flaws in eachother's beliefs but instead seek enlightenment through yours. Love everything.
I follow Gandhi and Gora's positive atheism. I am not a satanist.
I see everyone here in ignorant conflict, and it's just sad. We're here to define words and not start bitter arguements.
by Prairie Dog March 19, 2006
Atheism is the disbelief of the existence of a god or gods in any religion. Often confused with Satanism by bigoted Christians.
Atheism: Prove God exists.

Christianity: Prove he doesn't!

Atheism: Prove the Flying Spaghetti Monster doesn't.

Christianity: ...

Atheism: That's what I thought.
by MGN February 26, 2009
The lack of belief in a God/Goddess/gods. It does not mean that they accept science as a religion, nor does it mean they hate all others. There are prejudiced, racist, asshole atheists just like there are prejudiced, racist, asshole theists.
Christian #1: Hey, did you hear that Bill is an atheist?
Christian #2: Wow, we should all hate him, because atheism is the equivalent of believing in Satan! And Hitler!
Christian #1: No, man. He just doesn't believe in the Bible, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Atheist #1: Hey, did you hear that Joe is a Christian?
Atheist #2: Wow, we should all hate him, because Christianity is the equivalent of stupidity! And not believing any part of science!
Atheist #1: No, man. He just believes in the Bible, and there is nothing wrong with that.
by ImHeretoInform May 25, 2012
Oh, jeez. What is it with you people?

Atheism (the REAL definition) - A belief centered around a person not believing in a God or "blind faith". That's it. This doesn't mean they are immoral, pessimistic, evil, Christ-haters, Christian-haters, gamblers, racist, slutty, Bible-destroyers, demons, ignorant or whatever.

Just because they have different beliefs than some doesn't make them wrong OR right. Nobody in this world is wrong OR right about their religion or lack thereof, because there is no proof for ANY of it. People believe what they believe, end of story.

Now, SOME atheists may be evil and argumentative as fuck, but that doesn't mean they all are. And it doesn't mean that some don't like the IDEA of an afterlife, they just can't comprehend that there would be one. This is just how their brain works. To those who believe, God created us all, right? He created those who would follow a religion that's been around since people believed the sun rotated around the earth, and he created those who wouldn't believe in such an idea.

Also, atheists ARE real, and their belief isn't necessarily a phase, or coming from angsty teenagers. The most optimistic, intelligent and helpful adult I know happens to be an atheist.

I just think you Bible-thumpers are being silly and childish. If people want to believe in God, or don't want to believe in God, it's really nobody else's buisiness.

Rant over.
Atheist one: I love life! I may have to die someday and afterlife seems unlikely to me, but I have come to terms with that and I'm determined to enjoy the time I have left.

Atheist two: I hate Christians, grr. They are incorrect and I will get constipated if I don't correct every theist I see. I burn Bibles in my front lawn and I point and laugh at nuns.

Atheist three: I'm just an average Joe. I don't care if you believe in atheism or theism, I'm just living my life.
by Kayla1980 September 19, 2006
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