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  Weak atheism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Weak atheism (also called negative atheism) is the lack of belief in the existence of deities, without a commitment to the necessary non-existence of deities.
Weak atheism contrasts with strong atheism, which is the belief that no deities exist, and theism, which asserts that there is at least one deity.
The weak atheist generally gives a broad definition of atheism as a lack or absence of evidence justifying a belief in any deity, which defines atheism as a range of positions that entail non-belief, disbelief, doubt, or denial of theism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Weak_atheism   (667 words)

  
 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Atheism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
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.
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.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/atheism   (947 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.
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 Atheism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.
Agnostic atheism is a fusion of atheism or nontheism with agnosticism, the epistemological position that the existence or nonexistence of deities is unknown (weak agnosticism) or unknowable (strong agnosticism).
Atheism is particularly prevalent among scientists, a tendency already quite marked at the beginning of the 20th century, developing into a dominant one during the course of the century.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Atheism   (10093 words)

  
 Weak Atheism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Weak atheism or negative atheism is the lack of belief in any gods without the conviction that no gods exist.
Weak atheism is in contrast to strong atheism, in which the atheist makes the positive assertion that there are no gods, and theism, in which the theist asserts that there is at least one god of some kind.
The difference between "strong" and "weak" atheism might be summed up as follows: strong atheism is the "belief" that there are no gods, while weak atheism is the "lack" of belief in god(s).
www.wikiverse.org /weak-atheism   (334 words)

  
 Weak atheism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Weak atheism or negative atheism is the lack of belief in any gods without the conviction that no gods It is equivalent to the term nontheism.
Weak atheism is in contrast to strong atheism in which the atheist makes the assertion that there are no gods and theism in which the theist asserts that is at least one god of some The terms atheist and atheism are usually used to indicate strong
The difference between "strong" and "weak" atheism be summed up as follows: strong atheism the "belief" that there are no gods weak atheism is the "lack" of belief god(s).
www.freeglossary.com /Weak_atheist   (388 words)

  
 ytmnd - you're the man now dog!
Weak atheism is not a belief, and is not anywhere near the same as strong atheism, the belief that god does not exist.
Weak atheism is not a belief but in fact a lack of belief due to a lack of rational evidence.
Weak atheism is the rational default for the position you were advocating unless you somehow have rational proof that it is impossible to prove the existence of god, which is highly unlikely.
www.ytmnd.com /sites/profile/626901   (654 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.
Weak atheism is also sometimes referred to as soft atheism or nonbelief which is perhaps a better and less confusing name.
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)

  
 Weak atheism
Weak atheism or negative atheism is the lack of belief in any gods without the conviction that no gods exist.
Weak atheism is in contrast to strong atheism, in which the atheist makes the positive assertion that there are no gods, and theism, in which the theist asserts that there is at least one god of some kind.
The difference between "strong" and "weak" atheism might be summed up as follows: strong atheism is the "belief" that there are no gods, while weak atheism is the "lack" of belief in god(s).
www.knowledgefun.com /book/w/we/weak_atheism.html   (195 words)

  
 Atheism@Everything2.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Atheism and Agnosticism are not interchangeable or even similar in any way, except when contrasting all schools theistic and all schools which could be considered--within the context that a lack of specific belief is definitive--not theistic.
Atheism is not limited to "believing there are no deities." People have been conditioned to think--with this limited definition--that atheism and theism somehow cover all aspects of belief/no belief.
Atheism isn't "knowing about people's religions, superstitions, or faith in a god and then denying it for various reasons." It is simply "no belief" in a god, supreme being, deity, supernatural force, etc. Even if you state "I am sure there is no god" this is still "no belief" in a god.
www.everything2.com /index.pl?node=atheism   (3746 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.
www.atheistempire.com /atheism/atheism.php   (1536 words)

  
 Atheism - Simple English Wikipedia
Weak atheism is the belief that there is no reason for a god to exist.
Weak atheists are also open to the idea that there is some driving force that keeps the universe in motion but that force is not a divine being.
Atheism does not have any one set of moral ideas.
simple.wikipedia.org /wiki/Atheism   (344 words)

  
 Weak atheism: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Atheism is the state either of being without theistic beliefs, or of actively disbelieving in the existence of deities....
Weak agnosticism, or empirical agnosticism (also negative agnosticism), is the belief that the existence or nonexistence of deities is currently unknown,...
State atheism is the official rejection of religion in all forms by a government in favor of atheism....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/w/we/weak_atheism.htm   (1316 words)

  
 Agnosticism vs. Weak Atheism - Agnostics - tribe.net
Weak Atheism is usually defined as a lack of belief in a god, and Strong Atheism is defined as a belief in a lack of gods, which seems like a pretty fine distinction to me, and Agnosticism is defined as not knowing whether or not a god exists.
In areas where Atheism is the norm and religious fundamentalism is a minor issue, the word may be unheard-of as it simply needs not be used to differentiate non-believers from their neighbors.
"weak atheists" and to some extent, agnostics, are atheists who haven't thought enough about who bears the burden of proof on the issue of the existence of god (as defined by most religions).
agnosticism.tribe.net /thread/9e66f98f-776b-4e6b-9853-4cafa67131d8   (2409 words)

  
 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 does not prescribe any specific moral outlook; it is simply absence of any belief in deities.
www.findthelinks.com /Religion/atheism.htm   (1627 words)

  
 Atheism
Atheism, the denial of or lack of belief in the existence of a god or gods.
Although atheism is often contrasted with agnosticism -- the view that we cannot know whether a deity exists or not and should therefore suspend belief -- negative atheism is in fact compatible with agnosticism.
Atheism has sometimes been associated with the philosophical ideas of materialism, which holds that only matter exists; communism, which asserts that religion impedes human progress; and rationalism, which emphasizes analytic reasoning over other sources of knowledge.
www.positiveatheism.org /writ/martin.htm   (1445 words)

  
 Atheism
Weak atheism, sometimes called soft atheism, negative atheism or neutral atheism, is the absence of belief in the existence of deities without the positive assertion that deities do not exist.
Some weak atheists are without any opinion regarding the existence of deities, either because of a lack of thought on the matter, a lack of interest in the matter (see apatheism), or a belief that the arguments and evidence provided by both theists and strong atheists are equally unpersuasive.
Agnostic atheism is a fusion of atheism or non-theism with agnosticism, the epistemological position that the existence or nonexistence of deities is unknown (weak agnosticism) or unknowable (strong agnosticism).
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 Weak atheism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Weak atheism is in contrast to strong atheism, in which the atheistmakes the positive assertion that there are no gods, and theism, in which the theistasserts that there is at least one god of some kind.
The difference between "strong" and "weak" atheism might be summed up as follows: strong atheism is the "belief" that thereare no gods, while weak atheism is the "lack" of belief in god(s).
However, those who use this termoften tend to confuse the issue by including agnostics under the "weak atheists" category; although the categories of "weakatheist" and "agnostic" often overlap, the overlap is not absolute.
www.therfcc.org /weak-atheism-83510.html   (194 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.
Weak atheism is defined negatively as the absence of belief in God.
Weak atheists do not make the positive claim that God does not exist, but merely withhold their assent from the theists’ claim that God does exist.
www.spiritofchennai.com /religion/re/presumptionofatheism.htm   (478 words)

  
 Strong Atheism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Strong atheism is in contrast to weak atheism, in which the atheist does not believe in any particular gods but does not deny the theoretical possibility of their existence, and theism, in which the theist asserts that there is at least one god of some kind.
The difference between "strong" and "weak" atheism might be summed up as follows: strong atheism is the belief in the lack of any god, while weak atheism is the lack of belief in any god.
Another argument for strong atheism as opposed to weak atheism is the idea that refusing to believe in the nonexistence of gods while believing in the nonexistence of ghosts, Santa Claus, or the allegorical Invisible Pink Unicorn is an inconsistent point of view.
www.wikiverse.org /strong-atheism   (661 words)

  
 Atheism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Atheism and atheist are words formed from Greek roots and with Greek derivative endings.
The first tradition understands atheism very broadly, as including both those who believe gods don't exist (strong atheism) and those who are simply not theists (weak atheism).
Although explicit atheists (nontheists who consciously reject theism), may subscribe to either weak or strong atheism, weak atheism also includes implicit atheists - that is, nontheists who have not consciously rejected theism, but lack theistic belief, arguably including infants.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Atheism   (10093 words)

  
 The Psychology of Atheism
Therefore, in the Freudian framework, atheism is an illusion caused by the Oedipal desire to kill the father and replace him with oneself.
In short, this weak, rather passive "nice guy," this schlemiel, was clearly connected to Judaism and God, and also to a serious lack of courage and quite possibly to sexual perversion and other weaknesses very painful to young Sigmund.
And for those whose atheism has been conditioned by a father who rejected, who denied, who hated, who manipulated, or who physically or sexually abused them, there must be understanding and compassion.
www.leaderu.com /truth/1truth12.html   (5571 words)

  
 Philosophy of Religion .info - Glossary - Theism, Atheism, and Agnosticism
A weak atheist is therefore someone who both lacks belief that God does exist and lacks belief that God does not exist.
Weak Atheism: Absence of belief in the existence of God.
Weak Agnosticism: Absence both of belief in the existence of God and of belief in the non-existence of God.
www.philosophyofreligion.info /definitions.html   (786 words)

  
 My personal page on religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
As the alt.atheism FAQ states, atheism is characterized by a lack of belief in the existence of gods.
However, weak atheism also fits the basic idea of atheism, a lack of theism, or in other words, a lack of the belief in the existence of gods, which is exactly the definition of weak atheism.
Further, most weak atheists describe themselves as atheists, and are accepted as atheists by most other atheists, because the heart of atheism is that one does not believe in gods.
home.earthlink.net /~mylnir/debate/rel.html   (4107 words)

  
 Atheism - SkepticWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
There is disagreement about this definition of atheism; many theists and even some atheists insist the true meaning of atheism is more narrowly defined as the affirmation that gods do not exist.
The mere lack or absence of belief in gods is referred to as agnosticism or weak atheism.
Atheism can be a part of a religion, but it would take a radical ad hoc understanding of religion to adequately cast atheism as a religion.
www.skepticwiki.org /wiki/index.php/Atheism   (2440 words)

  
 Atheism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The definition of atheism as a "belief" or "doctrine" reflects a view of atheism as a specific ideological stance, as opposed to the rejection or simple absence of a belief.
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.
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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