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  Strong atheism - Biocrawler
For example, strong atheists commonly claim that the combination of attributes which the Christian God is asserted to have (e.g., omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, transcendence, omnibenevolence, etc) is logically contradictory, incomprehensible, or absurd, and therefore that the existence of the Christian God is 'a priori' impossible.
Another argument for strong atheism as opposed to weak atheism is that refusing to believe in the nonexistence of gods while believing in the nonexistence of ghosts, Santa Claus, or the Invisible Pink Unicorn is inconsistent.
Strong atheists maintain that the existence of gods is no more likely than the existence of these other beings, and that it is no less justifiable to deny the existence of gods than it is to deny the existence of these other things.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/Strong_atheism   (1181 words)

  
 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Atheism
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).
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.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/atheism   (1222 words)

  
 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: The Necessity of Atheism
Atheism, in its broadest sense, is characterized by an absence of belief in the existence of gods, thus contrasting with theism.
Atheism as conscious rejection of theism=== The most common dictionary definition and understanding of atheism is that atheism is the conscious, purposeful rejection of theism.
Implicit atheism is defined by Smith as "the absence of theistic belief without a conscious rejection of it." Explicit atheism is defined as "the absence of theistic belief due to a conscious rejection of it".
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/The-Necessity-of-Atheism   (563 words)

  
 Atheism
Strong atheism is the doctrine that there is no God or gods.
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.
www.allaboutphilosophy.org /atheism.htm   (588 words)

  
 Urban Dictionary: atheism
Weak atheism is essentially the same as [agnosticism].
Strong atheism states that since we live in a scientific world where the existence of things is determined solely by their observability, we cannot assume anything unobservable to exist.
Strong atheism is often equated with religion since it takes a strong stance on the issue.
www.urbandictionary.com /define.php?term=atheism&defid=569516   (780 words)

  
  Atheist Empire - All About Atheism
Atheism is to be distinguished from agnosticism, which leaves open the question whether there is a god or not.
Atheism as a whole is not derived from psychological conditions such as depression.
Atheism is part of the Communist and Socialist doctrines, but atheists are not necessarily Communists or Socialists.
atheistempire.com /atheism/atheism.php   (1536 words)

  
 Atheism and Non-Religious Philosophies: Definitions
If someone is a strong agnostic, they don't merely claim that they don't know if any gods exist; instead, they also claim that no one can or does know if any gods exist.
Weak atheism, also sometimes referred to as implicit atheism, is simply another name for the broadest and most general conception of atheism: the absence of belief in any gods.
Strong atheism is sometimes called "gnostic atheism" because people who take this position often incorporate knowledge claims into it - that is to say, they claim to know in some fashion that certain gods or indeed all gods do not or cannot exist." - Atheism.com
www.pluralism.org /resources/tradition/atheism.php   (1900 words)

  
 Atheism - Iron Chariots Wiki
Strong atheism is the form of atheism that most theists reference in debates, since most don't know the distinction between strong and weak atheism, however strong atheists are rarer than most people think.
For the above reason, strong atheism is sometimes criticized for "requiring faith." But this is not necessarily true.
This form of atheism is the most common, and is sometimes called "agnostic atheism" (see our discussion of atheist vs. agnostic).
wiki.ironchariots.org /index.php?title=Atheism   (390 words)

  
 Atheism: An Introduction to Atheism
Atheism is characterized by an absence of belief in the existence of gods.
Strong atheism is closer, but still doesn't really match, as even the most dogmatic atheist will tend to refer to experimental data (or the lack of it) when asserting that God does not exist.
Atheism is the position that runs logically counter to theism; in that sense, it can be said to be "anti-religion." However, when religious believers speak of atheists being "anti-religious" they usually mean that the atheists have some sort of antipathy or hatred towards theists.
www.infidels.org /library/modern/mathew/intro.html   (6406 words)

  
 Apologia Atheos: Definition of strong/weak atheism and agnosticism
Atheism is usually defined as denial of the existence of god or gods.
Strong atheism is the positive belief that there is no god and weak atheism is the negative belief that there is no rational ground for the belief in gods.
Atheism is the belief that there is no god, or the lack of belief that there is a god.
www.update.uu.se /~fbendz/atheism/definitions.html   (1710 words)

  
 Atheism
Strong atheism extends the viewpoints of weak atheism, but weak atheism doesn't entail the strong form.
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).
www.findthelinks.com /Religion/atheism.htm   (1627 words)

  
 Atheist Empire - All About Atheism
Atheism is to be distinguished from agnosticism, which leaves open the question whether there is a god or not.
There are a few common beliefs among atheists such as views regarding morality, religion and spirituality, but these beliefs vary greatly and are outside the definition of atheism and thus are not required to be an atheist.
Atheism as a whole is not derived from psychological conditions such as depression.
www.atheistempire.com /atheism/atheism.php   (1536 words)

  
 Atheism - Theopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Some weak atheists feel that theism and strong atheism are equally untenable, on the grounds that faith is required both to assert and to deny the existence of deities, and as such both theism and strong atheism have the burden of proof placed on them to prove that a god does or doesn't exist.
Strong atheism may be based on arguments that the concept of a deity is self-contradictory and therefore impossible (positive ignosticism), or that one or more of the properties attributed to a deity are incompatible with what we observe in the world.
The claim that atheism requires as much faith or as many unmerited assumptions as theism does is commonly used as an argument against strong atheism by weak atheists and agnostics, as well as against atheism in general.
theopedia.com /Atheism   (8471 words)

  
 Atheism - EvoWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Atheism (from the Greek prefix a- "not" and theos "god") describes the lack of belief in a god or gods.
Some consider weak atheism a misnomer and prefer to distinguish it from strong atheism by adopting the term agnosticism to describe it.
Atheism can have evolution as a justification for it, but it is not true that evolution necessitates atheism.
wiki.cotch.net /index.php?title=Atheism&printable=yes   (113 words)

  
 YouTube - The God Programmer: Strong Atheism is Wrong: Part 1
And we are back where we are before, strong atheism as the reasonable position.
The definition I use for strong atheism: "The belief that no god exists or that it is probable that no god exists." (less)
Strong atheism is wrong (an agnostic argument, part 10)
www.youtube.com /watch?v=808CbI7Ug_Y   (904 words)

  
 What Is Strong Atheism?
Strong-atheism is usually labeled as a subset of atheism, although they pertain to different mental attitudes.
Atheism is composed of the prefix a (not-) and theism (belief in gods), and means lack of belief in gods.
Strong-atheism, also called positive atheism, is the proposition that we should not suspend judgments about the non-existence of God or gods.
www.strongatheism.net /intro/what_is_strong_atheism   (506 words)

  
 Philosophy of Religion .info - Glossary - Theism, Atheism, and Agnosticism
Atheism is usually taken to be belief that god does not exist.
In practice, however, weak atheism and strong atheism are taken to be mutually exclusive; one cannot be both a weak atheist and a strong atheist.
Strong Agnosticism: Belief that knowledge of the existence or non-existence of God is impossible.
www.philosophyofreligion.info /definitions.html   (786 words)

  
 Thelemapedia: The Encyclopedia of Thelema & Magick | Atheism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
They may feel that it is impossible to prove a negative, or that the strong atheist has not been relieved of the burden of proof, which is required of the theist too, or that faith is presently required to assert or deny theism, making both theism and strong atheism untenable.
Under the broader definition of atheism (that is, the "condition of being without theistic beliefs"), which is characteristic of "weak atheism", nonbelief, disbelief or doubt of the existence of deities are forms of atheism.
The term atheisme itself was coined in France in the 16th century, and was initially used as an accusation against critics of religion, scientists, materialistic philosophers, deists, and others who seemed to represent a threat to established beliefs.
www.thelemapedia.org /index.php/Atheism   (3890 words)

  
 Atheism - Theopedia
Some weak atheists feel that theism and strong atheism are equally untenable, on the grounds that faith is required both to assert and to deny the existence of deities, and as such both theism and strong atheism have the burden of proof placed on them to prove that a god does or doesn't exist.
Strong atheism may be based on arguments that the concept of a deity is self-contradictory and therefore impossible (positive ignosticism), or that one or more of the properties attributed to a deity are incompatible with what we observe in the world.
The claim that atheism requires as much faith or as many unmerited assumptions as theism does is commonly used as an argument against strong atheism by weak atheists and agnostics, as well as against atheism in general.
www.theopedia.com /Atheism   (8471 words)

  
 Presumption of ATheism
There is, it is argued, a presumption of atheism; because of the nature of theism, we ought to be atheists unless we are presented with strong evidence for theism, even if we do not have any specific arguments for atheism.
Strong atheism is defined positively as the belief that God does not exist.
Strong atheism, it is argued, coheres with our observations of the world around us; it does not go beyond our experiences.
www.spiritofchennai.com /religion/re/presumptionofatheism.htm   (478 words)

  
 The Dispatch - Serving the Lexington, NC - News
Atheism is also sometimes equated with antitheism (opposition to theism) or antireligion (opposition to religion), despite many atheists not holding such views.
While most atheists welcome having atheism cast as non-ideological, in order to avoid potentially framing their view as one requiring "faith", writers such as Julian Baggini prefers to analyze atheism as part of a general philosophical movement towards naturalism in order to emphasize the explanatory power of a non-supernatural worldview.
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".
www.the-dispatch.com /apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&template=wiki&text=atheism   (8441 words)

  
 Alt.Atheism FAQ: Introduction to Atheism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The former is often referred to as the "weak atheist" position, and the latter as "strong atheism".
Those who profess strong atheism usually do not claim that no sort of God exists; instead, they generally restrict their claims so as to cover varieties of God described by followers of various religions.
Strong atheism is closer, but still doesn't really match, as even the most dogmatic atheist will tend to refer to experimental data (or the lack of it) when asserting that God does not exist.
www.prism.gatech.edu /~spc/library/atheism-faq.html   (5369 words)

  
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It should be noted that, although atheism in and of itself is often confused with strong atheism, strong atheists are generally in the minority of the atheist community.
In their place, atheism offers visions of a larger freedom, allowing humanity to throw aside its chains and enter a new and glorious phase in history.
Atheism is characterized by an absence of belief in the existence of gods.
www.lycos.com /info/atheism--god-idea.html   (462 words)

  
 Ichi : Atheism : What does it mean to me?
I would like to describe a little what atheism is to me. To me it is not about denying god, or as many theists I have spoken to over the years, it is not me being angry with their god or anything even remotely like it.
His definition of an agnostic was someone who disclaims both "strong" atheism and theism and let the question remain unsolved.
A subset to weak atheism is implicit atheism, this would be someone who is not familiar with the concept of religion - such as a small child who does not know anything about the different faiths and religions that you can find in the world.
www.ichimusai.org /artiklar/atheism_definition.html   (970 words)

  
 Introduction To Activistic Atheism
The language we urge is that atheism itself is the lack of a god belief, but that many atheists go much further than this, just as theism is the belief in one or more gods, though some theists hold their belief vaguely or indifferently while others adamantly insist that a specific god exists.
Strong atheism is not the same as dogmatic atheism.
Author Wendy Kaminer reported that as late as the 1980s, “intolerance for atheism was stronger even than intolerance of homosexuality.” [49] Being an atheist was still “the most discriminated-against characteristic of the eight tested in the research,” according to a March, 1999, Gallup poll [50] asking Americans how they would vote in a presidential election.
www.positiveatheism.org /faq/faq1111.htm   (9859 words)

  
 What is the definition of atheism?
Atheism is generally defined by most dictionaries and encyclopedias as the "disbelief in, or denial of, the existence of God or gods."
Weak atheism, or negative atheism, is the standpoint that there is no reason to believe that any particular god exists.
Strong atheism, or positive atheism, goes further to make the assertion that there are no such things as gods.
www.funtrivia.com /askft/Question51198.html   (228 words)

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