Atheism is the belief that there is no such thing as a deity (or deities); it is the opposite of theism. Some definitions of atheism allow for the possibilities that an atheist simply has no opinion on the existence of deities, or believes the existence of deities to be something humans cannot know, but these latter usages are more often called agnosticism.
For the purposes of discussion within Issuepedia, our working definition will be that atheism is the belief that the existence of any being generally matching God's description is at best unlikely, and that there is no evidence that belief in such a being is in any way necessary. This definition encompasses both atheism and agnosticism.
Arguments and Opinions
Theists often ask atheists to defend their non-belief, which is silly; people are not normally required to explain their disbelief in things which cannot be proven either way. The only necessary response to "Why don't you believe in God?" is "Why should I?".
- Conservapedia has a rather distorted view (no surprise); e.g. "Since atheism is denial of the existence of God or gods, it is important first to identify in which God and/or gods the atheist denies." The word atheism, by definition, means belief in no god(s).
- This article is locked for editing, and therefore cannot be collaboratively corrected.
- Public Awareness of the Atheism Article: "Conservapedia wishes to increase public awareness of its atheism article to counter the many atheist websites targeting young people."
- Debate: should atheists be barred from Conservapedia?: some interesting claims about atheism
SourceWatchno equivalent article (as of 2008-04-26)
Groups / Projects
- Daylight Atheism
- Goosing the Antithesis blog: "We promote rational individualism, and are opposed to those who assert incoherent supernatural claims."
- the evil Atheist conspiracy: difficult to categorize; appears to be a collection of videos on various atheism-related topics. Longer on presentation than content.
- The OUT Campaign
- The Atheism Tapes: 2005 BBC TV series by Jonathan Miller
- The Root of All Evil?: 2006 British TV series by Richard Dawkins (the title was not Dawkins's choice, and he insisted on adding the question mark)
- 2007-03-12 Why I’m not a "friendly" atheist
- 2007-03-11 Why I’m Not An Angry Atheist
- 2006-11-16 Why Are Atheists So Angry?: this is actually the first part of a well-written multi-round dialogue between atheist Sam Harris and believer Dennis Prager. Unfortunately, Prager's responses seem to be mostly diversionary, including an ad hominem attack on Bertrand Russell [W] which does nothing to answer Harris's posing of Russell's celestial teapot [W] analogy. He does seem to get more real about the dialogue towards the end, however.
- 2006-08-15 The Language of Ignorance by Sam Harris: answers the religious arguments in Human Genome Project head Francis Collins's book The Language of God
- 2006-02-08 An Atheist Manifesto by Sam Harris
- The Myth of Secular Moral Chaos by Sam Harris
- 2007-01-02+: Rationalism, not atheism: forum discussion on the value of the term "atheism" and various alternatives
- Most religion supposes the existence of one or more gods (theism), and hence is diametrically opposed to atheism.
- Atheism and religion often come into conflict, for obvious reasons.
- Active atheism is a movement which holds that atheists should not refrain from attacking religious irrationality.
- Blake's Law considers anyone who suggests atheism is a religion to have automatically lost the argument.