What is Atheism?
Just about everyone knows what an Atheist is, right? Well, judging by what I've readon the internet, read in chat rooms, & received in Emails; many people still have noclue what Atheism really is! Since not all Atheists have the same view of Atheism as Ido, I may not cover your individual outlook on it, but I will attempt to define the basics of Atheism.
To define Atheism, you must first look at its root word,
. Theism is simply the belief of a god(s). Theism by itself is
a religion; it is just simply a belief, nothingmore. Theists can be either polytheists or monotheists, depending on how many godsthey choose to believe in. After this we go into specific religions, like islam, judaism,& christianity.Atheism is simply the opposite of theism. The prefix
means "without" or "not", so
theism is simply a lack of belief in god(s). It is
a religion, just like theism is nota religion, but there are specific philosophies of Atheism that can be defined asreligion, thought since they all lack a belief in a god or the supernatural, they are nottrue religions, for example Humanism.Atheism also has branches off the basic disbelief. There are "strong Atheists" and"weak Atheists." Strong Atheism usually is a total denial of the existence of god(s); itusually is aimed at one or two specific gods for various reasons. Most Atheists, whothink this way, see a belief in a particular religion's god to be totally irrational and seeno possibility for the existence of their god.Weak Atheism, is what most Atheists would be; simply without belief in any god(s).Weak Atheists do not believe in god(s) for the simple reason that it is irrational and noevidence for the god has been brought to their attention. Most weak Atheists are quiteready to believe in a god as soon as there is some sort of evidence in its favour. Weak atheists will not choose a particular god to deny, they look at all gods equally.
Theists & Atheism
Theists generally focus on their individual gods and fail to realise that other gods are believed in besides theirs! They then use this lack of understanding to make all sortsof wild and irrational claims about Atheism. They would like to think that sinceAtheism does not follow their one "true" god(s), then Atheists must be
their god. We are often lumped together with other theists when this happens, since everyother belief system in the world would deny the trueness of that one god, just likeAtheists do. They all fail to realise that Atheism is not focuses on individual gods, insome cases they are, but not in the general definition. Atheism deals with the disbelief of
gods, not just those of christianity, islam, wicca, judaism, etc...Theists simply assume that everyone has the same image of god as they do. But thechristian's gods are not even remotely similar to the gods of Wicca. So first we mustdefine what a god is, and then can debate weather or not it exist. As long as the theist