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  Atheism
The term atheism (French athéisme, from athée, meaning atheist, from Greek 'Αθεος, atheos, meaning godless : a-, without; + Θεός, theos, meaning god; it has Indo-European Roots) is formed of the Greek prefix α- (a-), meaning "without" or "not," and the Greek-derived theism (from Θεϊσμός;, theismos), meaning a belief in a god.
The strongest form of positive atheism, which holds that it is impossible that God exists/there are any gods, is based on logical a priori arguments that indicate the monotheistic conception of God is self-contradictory or internally inconsistent, and, hence, cannot describe anything real.
Atheism is more common in the secular countries of Western Europe and in former or present communist nations than in the United States, and more common among scientists, particularly natural scientists, than among the general population (see the relationship between religion and science).
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  Atheism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Atheism, in its broadest sense, is a dis-belief in a deity or deities.
Weak atheism, or negative atheism, is the lack of belief in the existence of deities.
Although atheism is often accompanied by a total lack of spiritual beliefs, this is not an aspect, or even a necessary consequence, of atheism.
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 USS Clueless - Belief in atheism
Note that he is not merely claiming that theistic religious theories are inferior to atheism, or less reliable; he's making the absolute claim that they are false, and that atheism is true and that it's possible to prove that it is true and to prove that all the others are false.
For mechanistic atheism to fail, all that's necessary is to demonstrate existence of a deity who has the power to violate the laws of physics, and a lot of pantheistic gods have that degree of power even if they are not omnipotent.
The strong claim regarding atheism relates to proof, not to usefulness and the burden of proof is on the atheist to prove that it is false.
www.denbeste.nu /cd_log_entries/2003/05/Beliefinatheism.shtml   (4580 words)

  
 Atheism
Atheism, from the Greek a ("without") and theos ("deity"), commonly and loosely refers to the theoretical or practical denial of the existence of a deity.
When Christianity finally became the dominant religion in the West, atheism and heresy were thought to be worthy of exile or death because, as Thomas Aquinas argued, it was a much more serious matter to corrupt the soul than to damage the body.
Atheism was also dangerous to the political authority of Western monarchies that claimed to rest upon divine right.
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 Atheism - LoveToKnow 1911
As to (a), it is obvious that atheism from the standpoint of the Christian is a very different conception as compared with atheism as understood by a Deist, a Positivist, a follower of Euhemerus or Herbert Spencer, or a Buddhist.
In other words, " atheism " has been used generally by the orthodox adherents of one religion, or even of a single sect, for all beliefs which are different or even differently expressed.
That the first type of atheism exists, in spite of the denials of those who favour the second or the third, may be proved by the utterances of men like Feuerbach, Flourens or Bradlaugh.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Atheism   (638 words)

  
 AlexanderMinistries.com » Interfaith Archive » Atheism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Implicit atheism is defined by Smith as “the absence of theistic belief without a conscious rejection of it”, while explicit atheism—the form commonly held to be the only true form of atheism—is an absence of theistic belief due to conscious rejection.
According to the French Catholic philosopher Étienne Borne, “Practical atheism is not the denial of the existence of God, but complete godlessness of action; it is a moral evil, implying not the denial of the absolute validity of the moral law but simply rebellion against that law.
Atheism has been a criminal offense in many parts of the world, and in some cases a “wrong belief”; was equated with “unbelief” in order to condemn someone with differing beliefs as an “atheist”;.
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 VEDA - Vedas and Vedic Knowledge Online - Vedic Encyclopedia, Bhakti-yoga in vedas, Library
Because atheism is the root cause of the pitiful condition of this age.
The nature of atheism is degrading: it's practice leads to bondage and suffering (duhkha) because of an attachment to matter which degrades (entropy).
Defensive atheism's unbelief is grounded in the rejection of the proofs for God's existence, and/or the belief that the concept of God lacks logical consistency.
www.veda.harekrsna.cz /encyclopedia/atheism.htm   (4230 words)

  
 The Philosophy of Atheism, an essay by Emma Goldman (1916)
The triumph of the philosophy of Atheism is to free man from the nightmare of gods; it means the dissolution of the phantoms of the beyond.
Atheism, on the other hand, in its philosophic aspect refuses allegiance not merely to a definite concept of God, but it refuses all servitude to the God idea, and opposes the theistic principle as such.
Atheism in its negation of gods is at the same time the strongest affirmation of man, and through man, the eternal yea to life, purpose, and beauty.
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 [TagWorld :: khaled1967 - Atheism]
Atheism is also sometimes equated with antitheism (opposition to theism) or antireligion (opposition to religion), despite many atheists not holding such views.
Atheism has been a criminal offense in many parts of the world, and in some cases a "wrong belief" was equated with "unbelief" in order to condemn someone with differing beliefs as an "atheist".
Following the French Revolution, atheism rose to prominence under the influence of rationalistic and freethinking philosophies, and many prominent 19th-century German philosophers denied the existence of deities and were critical of religion, including Arthur Schopenhauer, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Nietzsche (see "God is dead").
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 Atheism
Atheism, from the Greek a ("without") and theos ("deity"), commonly and loosely refers to the theoretical or practical denial of the existence of a deity.
When Christianity finally became the dominant religion in the West, atheism and heresy were thought to be worthy of exile or death because, as Thomas Aquinas argued, it was a much more serious matter to corrupt the soul than to damage the body.
Atheism was also dangerous to the political authority of Western monarchies that claimed to rest upon divine right.
mb-soft.com /believe/txo/atheism.htm   (1471 words)

  
 Religious Movements Homepage: Atheism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
History: Atheism has its roots in both Eastern and Western ancient cultures.While the philosophers of ancient Greece were debating the characteristics of their gods, the Indian Vedas were also questioning the power and origin of the deities of their belief system.
Atheism as it is known today largely developed in Western culture, and had its first great entrance onto history's philosophical stage during the Enlightenment.
Faith Atheism, for example, declares itself to be a "religion," although it does not believe in the existence of any God.
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu /nrms/atheism.html   (2667 words)

  
 Atheism
Atheism is not a religion or a philosophy.
Atheism is not a moral stance or a moral choice, and individuals (including theists and atheists) adopt morals from their surrounding culture according to their own conscience.
Some of these authors and people were imprisoned for blasphemy because of their atheism, but from this time onwards largely it has been safe to call yourself an atheist, and the major sciences have since flourished.
www.vexen.co.uk /religion/atheism.html   (1393 words)

  
 The Presumption of Atheism
The introduction of this new interpretation of the word 'atheism' may appear to be a piece of perverse Humpty-Dumptyism, going arbitrarily against established common usage.
What the protagonist of my presumption of atheism wants to show is that the debate about the existence of God ought to be conducted in a particular way, and that the issue should be seen in a certain perspective.
It is, therefore, worth underlining that when the presumption of atheism is explained as insisting that the onus of proof must be on the theist, the word 'proof 'is being used in the ordinary wide sense in which it can embrace any and every variety of sufficient reason.
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 atheism
Atheism is traditionally defined as disbelief in the existence of God.
As such, atheism involves active rejection of belief in the existence of God.
However, since there are many concepts of God and these concepts are usually rooted in some culture or tradition, atheism might be defined as the belief that a particular word used to refer to a particular god is a word that has no reference.
skepdic.com /essays/atheismcode.html   (644 words)

  
 Atheism
Atheism is a word created by the joining of two different words, "a," meaning without, and "theism," meaning belief in the existence of a god, higher power, or supreme being.
Atheism is not necessarily an anti-religion position because some religions, such as Buddhism, do not proceed from a theistic basis.
Atheism can defend itself intellectually against any majority of the credulous and is often compelled to do so.
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 Atheism
Atheism, however, casts a wider net and rejects all belief in "spiritual beings," and to the extent that belief in spiritual beings is definitive of what it means for a system to be religious, atheism rejects religion.
So atheism is not only a rejection of the central conceptions of Judeo-Christianity and Islam, it is, as well, a rejection of the religious beliefs of such African religions as that of the Dinka and the Nuer, of the anthropomorphic gods of classical Greece and Rome, and of the transcendental conceptions of Hinduism and Buddhism.
To say that atheism is the denial of God or the gods and that it is the opposite of theism, a system of belief that affirms the reality of God and seeks to demonstrate his existence, is inadequate in a number of ways.
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 Atheism Summary
Atheism The words atheist and godless are still frequently used as terms of abuse.
For the purpose of the present survey atheism is the doctrine that God does not exist, that belief in the existence of God is a false belief.
Atheism, in its broadest sense, is the absence of theism (the belief in the existence of deities, and most commonly of God).
www.bookrags.com /Atheism   (268 words)

  
 Atheists Anonymous - Atheism Defended
Negative atheism rests on the rejection of specific theistic beliefs; thus atheists through the ages have rejected the Greek and Norse pantheons, the afterlife, the divinity of Jesus, and the very existence of God.
But there is also the sort of atheism which comes from positive assertions about the nature of the world based on observations and interpretations that simply don't involved God; this is the atheism of Darwinism, the Big Bang, cultural relativism, and reductionist materialism.
The strength of modern atheism is that it is founded more upon positive atheism than negative; rather than just a rejection of contemporary religious beliefs, modern atheism offers a seemingly complete philosophy of the world around us.
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 Atheism
Weak atheism is the disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods.
Weak atheism is often confused with agnosticism, the lack of belief or disbelief in God or gods, and skepticism, the doctrine that the absolute knowledge of God's existence is unobtainable by mere man. Many agnostics and skeptics are "practical atheists" in that they actively pursue an atheistic lifestyle.
Weak atheism, agnosticism and skepticism are all "I don't know" theological positions, with weak atheists subscribing to atheistic presuppositions, true agnostics "sitting on the fence," and skeptics capitulating to ignorance.
www.allaboutphilosophy.org /atheism.htm   (588 words)

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