Atheism

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Overview

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?".

There are, however, some good reasons not to depend on God as an explanation for natural phenomena, whether or not God actually exists.

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  • Wikipedia
  • 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).
  • RationalWiki
    • Conservapedia:Atheism: A point-by-point discussion/refutation of Conservapedia's Atheism article
    • Conservapedia has blocked, via their spam filter, the posting of any mention of RationalWiki.
  • dKosopedia
  • SourceWatch no equivalent article (as of 2008-04-26)

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