Define Atheist: What Does It Mean To You?
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01-12-2013, 07:51 AM
RE: Define Atheist: What Does It Mean To You?
(01-12-2013 07:40 AM)sporehux Wrote:  My historical hero's were what drove me to atheism.
Hitler, Stalin, Pol pot.
Not that I think you're being serious, but Hitler was a Roman Catholic. Drinking Beverage

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01-12-2013, 08:04 AM
RE: Define Atheist: What Does It Mean To You?
Wow. Everyone that has responded to this thread so far has misinterpreted what the OP was asking. You all act like a theist is here telling you that atheism is your religion. Lighten the hell up for a second because nobody is attacking you. Allow me to rephrase the original question.

What are some positive ways that your atheism affects your worldview?

(now, pull the sticks out of your asses and discuss)

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01-12-2013, 08:11 AM
RE: Define Atheist: What Does It Mean To You?
(01-12-2013 07:51 AM)Vosur Wrote:  
(01-12-2013 07:40 AM)sporehux Wrote:  My historical hero's were what drove me to atheism.
Hitler, Stalin, Pol pot.
Not that I think you're being serious, but Hitler was a Roman Catholic. Drinking Beverage

Nope. Don't believe me? Ask a Roman Catholic.

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01-12-2013, 08:22 AM
RE: Define Atheist: What Does It Mean To You?
(01-12-2013 08:04 AM)evenheathen Wrote:  Wow. Everyone that has responded to this thread so far has misinterpreted what the OP was asking. You all act like a theist is here telling you that atheism is your religion. Lighten the hell up for a second because nobody is attacking you. Allow me to rephrase the original question.

What are some positive ways that your atheism affects your worldview?

(now, pull the sticks out of your asses and discuss)

I don't think that's what OP was asking.
But if he did, he expressed himself very poorly.

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01-12-2013, 08:26 AM
RE: Define Atheist: What Does It Mean To You?
I read it as a request to try and figure out what an average atheist believes - not necessarily as a result of, or directly related to atheism.

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01-12-2013, 08:29 AM
RE: Define Atheist: What Does It Mean To You?
(24-11-2013 02:52 PM)Free Wrote:  Therefore, I am asking for your opinions on the character an atheist would have, as well as morals, ethics, and anything else that you think differentiates an atheist from the theist.

Reads to me like he wants to know how people's atheism affect their worldview.

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01-12-2013, 08:35 AM
RE: Define Atheist: What Does It Mean To You?
Atheism = No belief in god(s)

The end.
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01-12-2013, 08:40 AM
RE: Define Atheist: What Does It Mean To You?
Knowledge and the truth of the matter is what's most important , Atheism doesn't mean so much to me other than an aspect of my skepticism.
I think of Atheists who subscribe to any pseudo science just as delusional as Theists.

Theism is to believe what other people claim, Atheism is to ask "why should I".
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01-12-2013, 08:42 AM
RE: Define Atheist: What Does It Mean To You?
(01-12-2013 08:35 AM)Hobbitgirl Wrote:  Atheism = No belief in god(s)

The end.

Yes, the OP wasn't stating otherwise (I don't think). He was asking for averages.

In the same way you could say something like...

What is the average Floridian. If you averaged out all the feedback it may read something like...The Average Floridian is a white, 60-65 year old retiree who has been twice married. I

I could live in Florida and be none of those things, yet that average would still be a reasonable estimation of what the average Floridian is.

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01-12-2013, 08:57 AM
RE: Define Atheist: What Does It Mean To You?
(01-12-2013 08:29 AM)evenheathen Wrote:  
(24-11-2013 02:52 PM)Free Wrote:  Therefore, I am asking for your opinions on the character an atheist would have, as well as morals, ethics, and anything else that you think differentiates an atheist from the theist.

Reads to me like he wants to know how people's atheism affect their worldview.

I don't think it was a simple inquiry , OP wanted to

Quote:but I am looking to establish the "personage" of the atheist as possibly being much more than mere unbelief in gods.

establish what an atheist should be, not what people think how atheism affects their worldview. The end of OP shows that imo.
Quote:Think things through before you answer, and let's see what kind of picture we can paint of the atheist. I will merely act as a referee in this discussion, gathering information from you all and offering a post every couple of pages or so that details the current status of what you have all determined.

Gathering the info doesn't require a referee, does it? To me it's clear that he is trying to put atheism in a box and label it. To establish how should "proper atheist " should think and what moral values an atheist should have.

Again, to what purpose?

Also, I would love to think that it's not the atheism that makes me not a racist, or a bigot or whatever.

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