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
either the belief that there is no god, or the belief that humanity doesn't know enough to make assumptions that lean in any particular direction. not to be confused with satanism which is in fact a religion. atheism is NOT a religion but a lack thereof.
billions of people have died in history by people killing in the name of various gods or religions.
atheism is a bit less violent in most situations, dont you think?
by John Q. notaumbass February 28, 2008
1) The belief that god does not exist, or a severe lack of faith in god. The advent of modern science and technology has slowly ebbed away at the belief god created everything, and has been on the rise since the mid 20th Century.
Once I believed in god, but the state of the world and new technology has made me look at this, and now, I have converted to Atheism.
by Sun-Won Kim December 25, 2003
The rejection of theism, or belief that there is no omnipotent being that controls or created anything. The atheist leaves little to subjectivity beyond this, and generally only relies on what is observable and provable.

Atheism relies heavily on science for explanation. The only induction allowed in science is in the basic properties of matter that are so fundamental that they can not be proven to exist by anything else (the same way a statement can not cite itself as a proof), but are easily observable and thus held to be true. Science holds true only what can be observed.
by SpooneyMallard December 15, 2008
The belief that there was nothing, and nothing happened to nothing and nothing then magically exploded into everything for no reason, then bits of everything reformed into self-replicating bits for no reason, which then turned into dinsaurs.
You think religion is crazy? Just look at atheism sometime!
by The Whacko November 02, 2014
The belief that there was nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs.
Atheism
by Claptrap January 01, 2014
The belief that there was nothing, and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything, and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs.
Unless you are an expert in religion, atheism makes no sense.
by Ser Anneliese May 20, 2012
A degenerative condition transmitted during observation and comparison of human beings with monkeys.
Infection may become more serious with knowledge of history and a study of psychology. Often coupled with a secondary infection called 'intelligence'.
"I graded out of Atheism, Carpentry and Shit-kicking."
by Crazy Otto September 17, 2005

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