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27-04-2015, 10:06 AM
RE: In regards to former Atheist.
That sounds like the correct word for me - apatheist. That's how I lived for the majority of my life - in my case it meant that religion was BS and I wasn't going to waste anymore time on it.

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27-04-2015, 10:33 AM
RE: In regards to former Atheist.
(27-04-2015 10:04 AM)unfogged Wrote:  When I say "apatheist" I mean somebody who doesn't think much about they question. They may believe a god exists, think it likely, think it unlikely, or believe no gods exist. The word doesn't tell me what they believe, only that they haven't thought about it and don't seem to care much about it. It is a useful term, but one that has to be qualified.

Apatheism is form of atheism, and not a form of theism. *

So at the very least an apatheist lacks a belief in God.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apatheism
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27-04-2015, 10:58 AM
RE: In regards to former Atheist.
(27-04-2015 10:33 AM)Tomasia Wrote:  
(27-04-2015 10:04 AM)unfogged Wrote:  When I say "apatheist" I mean somebody who doesn't think much about they question. They may believe a god exists, think it likely, think it unlikely, or believe no gods exist. The word doesn't tell me what they believe, only that they haven't thought about it and don't seem to care much about it. It is a useful term, but one that has to be qualified.

Apatheism is form of atheism, and not a form of theism. *

So at the very least an apatheist lacks a belief in God.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apatheism

That's how it is defined on wikipedia and may even be the most common understanding. I disagree with that definition and it is not how I use it because it applies equally well to many people who do believe. Limiting it to atheists is artificial in my opinion. Have you never known believers who didn't think about it and didn't care? You can call them something else, like "non-religious", but then that could mean somebody who follows no organized religion but is "deeply spiritual" so you haven't clarified anything.

As I said before "I don't even think it is generally important as long as the terms are defined for any specific discussion". I was simply explaining how I use the term when no specific definition has been agreed on.

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27-04-2015, 11:40 AM
RE: In regards to former Atheist.
(27-04-2015 10:58 AM)unfogged Wrote:  
(27-04-2015 10:33 AM)Tomasia Wrote:  Apatheism is form of atheism, and not a form of theism. *

So at the very least an apatheist lacks a belief in God.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apatheism

That's how it is defined on wikipedia and may even be the most common understanding. I disagree with that definition and it is not how I use it because it applies equally well to many people who do believe. Limiting it to atheists is artificial in my opinion. Have you never known believers who didn't think about it and didn't care? You can call them something else, like "non-religious", but then that could mean somebody who follows no organized religion but is "deeply spiritual" so you haven't clarified anything.

As I said before "I don't even think it is generally important as long as the terms are defined for any specific discussion". I was simply explaining how I use the term when no specific definition has been agreed on.

I agree with that definition. I would label most of the people that have been important in my life as theist apatheists. They figured there probably was a god but didn't believe in organized religion of any kind.

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28-04-2015, 08:43 AM
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(25-04-2015 06:22 PM)jennybee Wrote:  
(25-04-2015 06:00 PM)Szuchow Wrote:  May he bless you with his noodly appendage Smile

And to you as well Thumbsup btw I'm sorry my smileys are drooling on your head lol

My faith was only strengthened in him when I look at the universe around me. If he wasn't real then way are planets shaped like meat balls?

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28-04-2015, 08:45 AM
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(28-04-2015 08:43 AM)Commonsensei Wrote:  
(25-04-2015 06:22 PM)jennybee Wrote:  And to you as well Thumbsup btw I'm sorry my smileys are drooling on your head lol

My faith was only strengthened in him when I look at the universe around me. If he wasn't real then way are planets shaped like meat balls?

Good point Consider
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28-04-2015, 08:48 AM
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(28-04-2015 08:43 AM)Commonsensei Wrote:  
(25-04-2015 06:22 PM)jennybee Wrote:  And to you as well Thumbsup btw I'm sorry my smileys are drooling on your head lol

My faith was only strengthened in him when I look at the universe around me. If he wasn't real then way are planets shaped like meat balls?

Very true, it's apparent that this universe favors the natural meatball shape. FSM's signature is in all of creation!

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12-07-2015, 12:31 PM
RE: In regards to former Atheist.
http://www.happyatheistforum.com/forum/i...ic=14089.0

Found this one thread from HAF forum where this certain person is telling about her/his story about going back to christianity from atheism.

He/she seems to be dodging some questions and stopped answering completely for whatever reason.

Any thoughts?
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12-07-2015, 12:46 PM
RE: In regards to former Atheist.
Most of the ex atheists I know where 'violent atheists', 'drug addict atheists' or 'alcoholic atheists'.

They have never been just a good old fashioned atheists... But that doesn't make for a good story in church.
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12-07-2015, 06:45 PM
RE: In regards to former Atheist.
(12-07-2015 12:31 PM)Talviomena Wrote:  http://www.happyatheistforum.com/forum/i...ic=14089.0

Found this one thread from HAF forum where this certain person is telling about her/his story about going back to christianity from atheism.

He/she seems to be dodging some questions and stopped answering completely for whatever reason.

Any thoughts?

He said god gave him signs, one of these signs was:

Quote:The first time was at the laundry mat. I was extremely distraught over something and kept repeating the Apostle's prayer.
I was sitting in front of a front loading washer and suddenly had the urge to look at it. What I saw was a picture of a Rastefarian from one of my towels dancing his heart out on the front window of the washer. It was completely covering the window and literally looked like he was dancing.

Wow. FacepalmFacepalmFacepalm

How can one argue with such powerful evidence as this? Laugh out loadLaugh out load

Yeah, as an atheist I go around repeating the Apostle's prayer looking for signs of god all of the time, I think someone decided to be a POE. Laugh out loadLaugh out load

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