What is atheism? Why would someone be an atheist? Why do people fear and dislike atheism? Simply stated, atheism is the lack of belief in a god or gods. Granted, atheists are each individuals and undoubtedly each of them prescribe [to] many different philosophies on life, politics and morality as do Christians. However, though atheists may choose to gather collectively for whatever purpose, unlike Christianity, atheism is not a belief system. An individual who identifies himself as an atheist is merely stating that he does not believe in [the existence of] god or gods. Atheism, as indicated by its name, is the opposite of theism which is belief in at least one god; to include polytheism (belief in many or more than one god) and monotheism
In some ways, it is refreshing to read H.J. McCloskey's article, "On Being an Atheist". Most people assume atheists are simple nihilists who do not subscribe to any sort of convictions or beliefs. The author's text, however, refutes this conventional viewpoint by producing several reasons for embracing atheism, many of
In my eyes, God’s existence was as true as the existence of the brain. I have never seen it in real life, but I have seen proof of what it can accomplish. It got me thinking about my friend who was Jehovah’s Witness. She was raised differently compared to me. The difference between my Jehovah Witness friend and my atheist friend was that I was able to relate more with the one who believed in our God. I began to think deeper than just the exterior difference between us. I started thinking about how he pictured my religion. In his eyes, I believed in someone who did not exist. I believed in someone who, in many people’s eyes, had no legitimate proof of existence. The following day, I went to apologize. I told him that he had the same right as me to believe in what he felt was
Being an atheist can be difficult. It was my choice to become an atheist but I don’t have any desire to sway others to become atheists, it’s their choice. One of the things that are difficult for me is when the topic of religion is discussed. I understand people are entitled to their own opinions and I don’t think someone who believes in a god is wrong. However, I dislike when stereotype atheist as sinful and wicked people. It’s difficult to defend to others without seeming rude or hostile. Another thing that is difficult for me is when people try to preach their religion to me. I understand some religions teach that their religion is the only truth, and they want everyone around them to embrace it. However, it’s difficult to tell a person you don’t believe in their god without them getting offended and receiving negative comments.
ULTIMATE REALITY __________________ A Paper Presented to Dr. Carey A. Ford, III Navarro College __________________ In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for PHIL 1301 __________________ by Brandon Pizarro January 12th, 2015 ULTIMATE REALITY The first mode would have to be the mode that makes most in a search for the ultimate reality. Atheism is considered the belief in the absence of the existence of gods. This absence of belief usually comes from a deliberate choice, or from an inherent inability to believe in religious teachings. It is not a lack of belief born from ignorance of religions. The word atheism has a very negative connotation but it is the lack of belief in other religions and or gods that produce this way of thought. No one can prove nor disprove an existence of a higher power or god. There are one too many religions and religious beliefs. They all stem from different cultures and places round the world and some are very closely alike but choose to have different establishments and traditions. Philosophers Ludwig Feuerbach and Sigmund Freud have argued that God and other religious beliefs are human inventions, which overtime were made to fulfill countless psychological and emotional wants or needs created by humans. Religions are also social functions that can be learned during childhood or learned from where and when you were born. This is why there are so many different religions. Think about all the different places and countries never heard
At first Nihilism and Atheism may seem like they mean the same thing. Looking deeper into the definition of each of the words we will find that they are not. Atheism is the “denial” ( Smart, J. J. C. ) in God(s). Furthermore, it could be said that Atheism is not a belief system, it doesn’t disbelieve the existence of Gods, it denies that there is a God. Older dictionaries have defined Atheism as a “belief” (OED) that there is no God. Disbelieving in something and denying something are two different things. Disbelieving in
* Respond to "I don't believe that God exists. How can anybody be sure?" Recognize that, logically, neither atheism nor agnosticism make sense. Atheism requires complete knowledge of everything (which no human has) in order to declare for certain that there is no God. Agnostics claim that they can't know anything for sure, but it's a contradiction to say, "One thing I know about God: You can't know anything about Him." Explain the evidence for God's existence: Every effect has a cause (Both science and the Bible acknowledge that the universe had a beginning, and that it couldn't have arrived without a force behind it), Every creation has a Creator (Nature itself points toward its Creator and reveals what He is like), Every design has a Designer
Some atheists were born into a secular family, and a life without a divine figure is all that they have ever known. Some were once very pious and active within a religious or philosophical organization, but learned more about what they were upholding and seen fault. Some feel that science solely and unequivocally explains the universe and, as a result, living organisms: finding it entirely unreasonable to believe that a never before seen figure created everything the human eye can see (Sexton). But nonetheless, despite the precise reason for lacking a belief in divine beings, all atheists unanimously agree that they lack belief in divine beings because they view them to be
Religion or lack of religion is a contentious topic that lingers quietly, yet sometimes principally, in our society and is debated under permanent perspectives without giving attention to the contradictory perspective. The belief in God, or Christianity, and Atheism, the disbelief of lack of belief in the existence of God, are two complete opposites of each other yet still have some similarities.
There are so many misconceptions about the atheist community. Atheism is not any kind of religion or belief system like some people think. Atheists are open-minded and trust science and facts.
Atheism: When I questioned religion When I was in third grade, I was reading an English textbook, when I noticed an interesting side note to a short story. The story, a Native American myth, contained a note stating something along the lines of "Early native people created stories such as this to explain a world they had no scientific understanding of." For some reason, this side note stuck in my head so when I reexamined this part of my life and was able to put this up against the knowledge that most civilizations throughout history have created myths and religion for this same reason (Such as Greek myths involving the sun), I came to the conclusion that all religions were probably just remnants of this type of thinking.
The Existence of God has been a theory that has plagued the earth for centuries; a belief that not even the wisest can prove or deny. Many people argue that there may or may not be a God, or different Gods. As humans how do we know what exists beyond our eyesight? If we can’t see it, why should we believe in it? People who believe in God don’t even know why they believe in God. Atheists who tend to have a wider knowledge than those who are Believers. Atheists depends on facts and data, to prove everything, whereas Religious people tend to use faith to prove their theories. What is Atheism? Atheism is the belief or the lack of Belief in God or Gods. Atheists usually lean more on the Evolution idea, and the Big Bang Theory over God and Creationism. But there are way too many holes in science to actually prove that there isn’t a God. Exactly how does the Big Bang Theory put life on a planet? Everything in this Universe is created perfectly, such as The Earth, the Sun, Water, the human brain, the eye, DNA, and so much more. God did give us the power and intelligence to differentiate from the beasts and animals, he gave us a mind to think for ourselves and do what we’d like. Because of this it allows us to question, doubt, and analyze everything in a further perspective. God knew that we were going to question his creations and
Atheism has a long and colorful history, but that history has been largely hidden from the public's view due to religious suppression. It is therefore, with great effort, that modern atheists are re-discovering their heritage. Some early Greek philosophers were among the first to write down atheistic ideas. Great thinkers such as Heraclitus, Democritus, Protagorus, and Lucretius expressed views that questioned the existence of gods.