Which do you see as the definition of atheism?
21 Dec 06
The best definition of atheism (for me, at least) I met in 'The Colors of Snow' by Kate Fenton, which proves that even reading a romance can give you a new idea. I give you a quote: 'Atheists have to believe positively in nothing. That there is no supreme being of any sort. Nothing whatsoever. It's quite a difficult position to maintain, intellectually.' The character who is saying it, is a priest. I agree with him and with the author.
27 Dec 06
I am an atheist and define it as a lack of belief in dieties. Philosophically I don't claim to know with absolute certainty that there is no such thing as god, but I don't call myself agnostic (probably a better definition of what I am), because people commonly take it to mean that I'm on the fence. It's incorrect to say that athiests believe in "nothing". All people, religious and not, believe (and don't believe) in so many things it's difficult to enumerate them all.