What is your first thought when you see the word Atheist?

Thailand
March 18, 2007 9:48pm CST
Again don't think about it, how do you react emotionally when you see the word?
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@kurtbiewald (2628)
• United States
19 Mar 07
it just means to me that the person thinks for himself like "You can always tell a Harvard man but you can't tell him much"
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• United States
19 Mar 07
Atheist is someone who doesn't believe in god. They don't have a religion. That is what I usually think of when I see the word Atheist. I think I am an Atheist. ^_^
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
19 Mar 07
Okay, fair enough, I wont think about it, I'll just babble. God is real, the Bible is real and anyone who does not believe in him is in for a rude awakening. I have heard that there are no Atheist in hell.
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@coffeechat (1961)
• New Zealand
23 Mar 07
Descartes!
@urbandekay (18312)
23 Mar 07
Descartes? Why do you think of him, he was not an atheist all the best urban
• New Zealand
23 Mar 07
cogito ergo sum, "I think, therefore I am". In the 16th Century Galelio had just OD'd on hemlock at the instance of the Catholic Church. Descartes examined the concept of free will, the belief that our will is essentially equal to God's will and that we are essentially independent of God's will. Given the nature of his times he was rather restrained in his writings instead focusing on mathematics and physics. His unpublished work Treatise on the World was roughly around the time when he gave up examining and discussing the metaphysical and focused on the what " he could seek in myself or in the great book of the world". Without going into ecstasies about Cartesian coordinates, analytic geometry and the rest of it, I would say that in many ways Rene Descartes laid the foundations of modern aetheism. He did so diplomatically enough - but the profound impact of his reasoning on subsequent thinkers is a matter of record. It might interest you to know that in 1663 Pope Alexander the 7th placed Rene Descartes writings in the Index of Prohibited books. Cheers!
@im_anna (718)
• Philippines
23 Mar 07
they only think of themselves, that probably they don't have children because being a parent makes you feel helpless at times specially when your baby is in pain or in life-threatening situation that you have to have some sort of high power to turn to.
@Tanya8 (1734)
• Canada
23 Mar 07
Yes, I and most of the atheists I know have children. If you do a search on atheist parenting sites, you'll find lots of others. I do feel helpless when I see children in pain or in life-threatening situations, but I don't end up believing as a result.
@jamaja (51)
• Australia
30 Mar 07
I am atheist with 3 kids when my baby have pain I am doing something about it I am not turn to anyting else aren't selfish that you turn on something what makes you feel better?
@whacks (774)
• Philippines
19 Mar 07
Atheist means without God or a person who does not believe in God. If I see the word atheist, I'm not affected emotionally. There is freedom and so if a person does not like to believe that there is God, that's up to him. Let him do what he wants. God gave us wisdom and free will. It's up for us to decide. Anyway we are accountable to whatever decision we make. We are the ones who suffer if our decision is wrong.
• Sweden
19 Mar 07
Mostly I feel good. I feel understanding.Here is a free will. I have been an atheist, and very angry. I symphtise with them. I have only friends who are not believing in God, or who just let it be an open question.Who can know about such things,thy say. They do not seek Him, but we are friends. So it can also mean that somebody doesn't think at all about the eternal questions. There are active atheists who actually believe that there doesn't exist a god. That is their belief. And they can be tough, but still good at heart, on whichyou build friendship.They know many things,which should't be scorned at.They do, like anybody, all sorts of good things. And the best of all is , many a time; that they take the conscious action of unregistrering themselves from the spiritual local or state organisation, because it shows superstitious traits, tends to take over the judging role and speak a harsch language. I believe that "If religion becomes the cause of enmity, if it splits people apart, then to withdraw fom such a religion. it would be better to be without such a religion." And that "to do that is to be considered an at of piety." Even. Quote from Abdu'l-Baha (Bahai scripts) So if you are without religion for this reason, and do not want to seek religion,stay there then. We are free to chose whatever we want. As long as we are here the reewill prevails.There will be a wind in your sails anyway.You choose the direction. As long as you do not long for re uniting with God, you can live a good life. I have seen that all round. Only I myself was longing for Him, and He answered trough Bahai Faith, by Bahaullah, the Manifestation of God who lived 1817 -1892 Be so long Lailamaria
• Sweden
19 Mar 07
Sorry I messed up the quote:if a religion...splits people apart it would be better to be without religion and to withdraw from such a religion is to be considered as an act of piety.
@cliff19id (307)
• Indonesia
1 Jun 07
no emotional, it's the right of people to choose
@Tanya8 (1734)
• Canada
23 Mar 07
I am an atheist, so generally I feel curious and a bit of kinship with whomever the word might be referring to.
@urbandekay (18312)
22 Mar 07
Nothing really, I'd have to stop and think about it all the best urban
@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I think of logical, rational people lol. I don't feel anything. I don't care..so I guess I'd call it indifference. Now that I've said that I'll think about it lol, I think the reasons for the above is that most of the atheists I know are pretty intelligent people..which is why I admire them. I don't really care either way what someone's religious affiliation is or lack thereof..everyone has the right to do and believe in whatever they want. If that's in facts and not some random religion for no reason, kudos for them, you know?
22 Mar 07
Discriminated against. It is difficult to be something that the majority of society discriminates against when your views are openly communicated. It is one of the major reasons I must express myself through writing articles and posts. Draven the Respectful Atheist http://dravenwriter.blogspot.com
• United States
19 Mar 07
My first thought when I see or hear the word Atheist is Freedom. I proud , glad and very lucky to live here in The States where you are free to believe or not to believe anything you choose.You are not forced by the state to follow any religion. so if it is a choice, all the churches and temples and mosques should be filled with true people of faith not with people just going through the motions because they were forced to.