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Atheism

Atheism is the disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods.

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What is a chaotic neutral atheist?

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A chaotic neutral atheist is someone who lacks belief in any gods or deities (atheist) and aligns with a chaotic neutral moral code. Chaotic neutral individuals prioritize personal freedom and independence, often following their own desires and whims without a strict adherence to societal rules or expectations. This alignment does not necessarily imply a disregard for others or a lack of empathy, but rather a tendency to prioritize personal freedom and spontaneity.

How do atheists view knowledge?

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Atheists view knowledge as an accumulation of facts and information based on empirical evidence, critical thinking, and logical reasoning. They typically value the scientific method and prioritize evidence-based conclusions over supernatural or religious claims. Atheists tend to rely on observation, experimentation, and logical analysis to gain knowledge about the natural world and how it operates.

When you're atheist but you can be a religion for someone?

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As an atheist, you may not personally believe in any religion or a higher power. However, you can still be respected and valued as a person by someone who does have religious beliefs. It is possible for individuals from different belief systems to have mutual respect and positive relationships, even if they don't share the same religious views.

Is Kerry king atheist?

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Kerry King, the guitarist of the metal band Slayer, has described himself as non-religious. While he hasn't specifically identified as an atheist, he has expressed skepticism towards organized religion in interviews.

Can you stay sane if you do not believe in God i think I'm insane now because i became atheist?

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Yes, it is possible to maintain mental well-being without believing in God. Many people live fulfilling and meaningful lives without religious beliefs. If you're feeling distressed or overwhelmed, it may be helpful to seek out support from friends, family, or mental health professionals who can provide guidance and assistance.

What do you call a man who doesn't believe in god?

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A man who doesn't believe in god is commonly referred to as an atheist.

What are the views on health care for atheist?

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Views on health care among atheists can vary widely, as atheism is simply a lack of belief in a god or gods and does not dictate one's political or social beliefs. However, many atheists tend to support universal access to health care, seeing it as a basic human right that should be provided by the government or society as a whole. Others may have different opinions based on their individual political, economic, or ethical perspectives.

What system of government is it atheistic?

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Atheism, as a belief system, does not inherently dictate a specific system of government. Atheism is the lack of belief in a deity, and individuals who identify as atheists can hold a variety of political beliefs and support different systems of government, including democratic, socialist, or authoritarian systems. Atheism itself is primarily concerned with questions of religion and does not necessarily define one's views on governance.

What was the impact of the quote religion is the 'opiate of the people'?

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This is a famous quote from Karl Marx, that religion is the opiate of the masses. What he meant was that religion, like opium, is used as a kind of pain killer. When society is filled with economic and social injustice, people are abused by their employers, their landlords, their government, and so forth, they don't have enough food to eat, there are all sorts of terrible problems, they always have religion to comfort them. The belief that they will still receive an eternal reward in heaven is used to reconcile people to the suffering that they experience on Earth. Or as Woody Guthrie put it, there'll be pie in the sky, when you die.

Why are people theists?

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Because they are convinced, for many reasons, that God exists.

  • Teleological Argument: The universe has definite design, order, and arrangement which cannot be sufficiently explained outside a theistic worldview. (This is how Abraham, without benefit of teachers, came to reject the chaotic world-view of idolatry and the possibility of Atheism). For example, theoretical physicist and popular science writer Paul Davies (whose early writings were not especially sympathetic to theism) states concerning the fundamental structure of the universe, "the impression of design is overwhelming" (Davies, 1988, p. 203). From the complexities of the human eye to the order and arrangement of cosmology, the voice of God is heard. God's existence is the best explanation for such design. God is the designer.
  • Anthropic Principle: The laws of the universe seem to have been set in such a way that stars, planets and life can exist. Many constants of nature appear to be finely tuned for this, and the odds against this happening by chance are astronomical. Professor Russel Stannard (a particle physicist) states: "The universe has been bent over backwards in order that intelligent life should exist...must have known we were coming."
  • The glaring lack of transitional fossils has been noted by the evolutionists themselves, such as this statement from the famous paleontologist and evolutionist George G. Simpson; quote: "The regular lack of transitional fossils is not confined to primates alone, but is an almost universal phenomenon."
    "To the unprejudiced, the fossil record of plants is in favor of special creation" (Corner, E.J.H., Contemporary Botanical Thought).
  • "Nine-tenths of the talk of evolutionists is sheer nonsense, not founded on observation and wholly unsupported by facts. This museum is full of proofs of the utter falsity of their views. In all this great museum, there is not a particle of evidence of the transmutation of species" (Dr. Etheridge, Paleontologist of the British Museum).
    "To postulate that the development and survival of the fittest is entirely a consequence of chance mutations seems to me a hypothesis based on no evidence and irreconcilable with the facts. It amazes me that this is swallowed so uncritically and readily, and for such a long time, by so many scientists without murmur of protest" (Sir Ernest Chain, Nobel Prize winner).
  • The fact that you need DNA to make DNA. No genetic code can be demonstrated to have arisen by chance, together with the ability to read that code and carry out its instructions. Information does not arise spontaneously; and there is an incredible amount of information in even the tiniest cell.
    "A living cell is so awesomely complex that its interdependent components stagger the imagination and defy evolutionary explanations" (Michael Denton, author).
    "The astounding structural complexity of a cell" (U.S. National Library of Medicine).
    Concerning a single structure within a cell: "Without the motor protein, the microtubules don't slide and the cilium simply stands rigid. Without nexin, the tubules will slide against each other until they completely move past each other and the cilium disintegrates. Without the tubulin, there are no microtubules and no motion. The cilium is irreducibly complex. Like a mousetrap, it has all the properties of design and none of the properties of natural selection" (Michael Behe, prof. of biophysics).

What percentage of Jews in israel are athiest?

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Judaism is an ethnic group as well as a religion, so there are Jewish atheists, but statistics are not measured on this category. Some Jewish Atheists prefer to be called Humanistic Jews, and there are even synagogues dedicated to humanistic Judaism.

What do atheists feel about euthanasia?

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I doubt that there is any correlation between these two things. Atheists, like theists and deists, are individuals with many different views about many things. They just happen not to believe in any god. They may still have views of right and wrong that are very similar to those of religious people.

In the situation where a person suffering with an incurable disease, Persons of any religion or no religion may or may not euthanasia is the more merciful alternative compared to having the person spend more time wasting away.

How many atheists are there in Australia?

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At the 2007 national census, 18.7 per cent said they had no religion, compared to 63.9 per cent Christians. Another 12 per cent declined to answer the question.

At the 2011 national census, 22.3 per cent said they had no religion, compared to 61.1 per cent Christians.

Is betty white an atheist?

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Betty White is known to be affiliated with the Unity Chuch a new thought moment within Christianity. She reveals this in her book.

White, Betty (2011). If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) (First ed.). Putnam Adult. pp. 110-112. ISBN 978-0-399-15753-0.

Are Skandar Keynes dating Liberty Carlin?

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he used to date her they broke up now

Is Dave Lombardo atheist?

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No. He previously described himself as such, but he now uses the label "Born-again" Christian, a person who has experienced a dramatic conversion to faith in Jesus.

What famous people believe in god?

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sorry, but they are too many , i think to least!

Is Steve martin an atheist?

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Well, ChaCha (another website) says he's Christian.

Is the Queen of England an Atheist?

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Her Majesty the Queen is the titular head of the Church of England as she is the reigning monarch (the spiritual head being the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the ultimate head Jesus Christ). As a result she is expected to attend Church of England functions and services, and national state religious occasions.

However, she and her husband Prince Philip are also a regular attender at church in her own right, and she has a strong Christian faith, attending frequently the private chapels at her holiday retreats in Balmoral, Scotland, and in Sandringham, Norfolk, and her chapel at Winsor.

I was fortunate to meet Her Majesty last year (and shake her hand!) when she visited my own church on a visit to my home town in the UK. When we spoke, I was aware of a lovely, friendly lady, but one who still, even in her 80s, has her finger very much on the pulse judging by the searching questions she asked. She is certainly a remarkable lady, and 'religious' in the right, Christian, sense of the word.

Is Daniel Tosh an atheist?

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He has never publicly addressed his personal religious beliefs, but his father was a preacher therefore Tosh probably isn't an atheist due to his family's religious background.

Is Tim Roth an atheist?

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Yes. All intelligent people are.

What is atheism caused by?

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Simple Answer 1

Every human being is born Atheist. We are taught religion, however, some people may come to the conclusion that we were made by god(s) separate of religion because of lack of scientific knowledge.

Simple Answer 2

Critical thinking and intellectual honesty.

Long Answer 1

Unlike theists atheists and deists are rarely ever indoctrinated. Most atheists were themselves theists in youth and thus realize that indoctrination makes people "believe" things they never concluded for themselves, and thus avoid it in the upbringing of their children.

Most atheists reach the conclusion that gods don't exist independently, and are amazed that there are as many people out there who agree with them.

No churches, no indoctrination, no selfish motive for the belief (heaven, hell etc). Just an honest conclusion.

Long Answer 2

In a way, this question seems to imply that we are all naturally religious and that something has to happen to force one to "become" an athiest. There are many people out there that have the mind set of "I will believe it when I see it." For these people Atheism is a logical conclusion. Religion is a funny thing. I think most would agree that in the huge majority of cases your religion is determined by the religion of your parents. For every Christian out there.....Had you been born in the India you would probably be Hindu. For every Muslim out there had you been born in the US there is a good chance you would be Christian. Yet we all seem to think we have it right. Why is that? When it comes down to it know one really knows which religion is right (or most accurate). There are many people that realize this and choose to focus on doing whats right according to their conscience and leaving the rest to chance.

Long Answer 2

Some people need concrete evidence of things and if they don't have it why should they waste their energy on something that no one knows exists. Instead they put the energy towards themselves. Many atheists are spiritual people know themselves very well because if they don't lean on God like most of the population they know that they have to lean on themselves. They hold themselves accountable for themselves and realize that it is their conscience that they will lay down with when they die so they live accordingly.

Most atheists that I have met have been extremely strong willed people and definitely people to take pointers on when getting to know yourself and how to count on yourself. Not everyone needs to have a belief that someone or something else is always there to protect them. Not everyone needs to have hope in something especially something they cannot see. Atheists know who they are and where they stand and they take care of themselves and their family because they know they can not truly count on a someone else or a greater power doing so.

Long Answer 3

My reason for returning to atheism is that while I believe in the importance of faith, I rationalize that having faith in something concrete like myself and humanity is much more productive and realistic than having faith in something abstract. Many faiths require you to succumb to their god and admit your helplessness without said god. I see evidence that people are powerful, capable creatures. I discovered that morals have nothing to do with your religion, which is evident if you study the behavior of chimpanzees. Chimpanzees earn the respect of their peers for things like breaking up fights and sharing. I also realized that atheists are most often compassionate, educated people, unlike what some religious sects would have you believe. I feel that I was so foolish to invest faith in these things so blindly and I am glad that I have been enlightened.

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Because they refused to be babes and preferred to be in the side of Wise and Prudent

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

This Bible verse of course means exactly the opposite to how it has been used here.

Long Answer 5

* Aldous Huxley, himself a well known atheist and author had this to say."I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning; consequently (I) assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption. The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics, he is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do, or why his friends should not seize political power and govern in the way that they find most advantageous to themselves....For myself, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political."

Thus wanting to have a philosophical basis for avoiding moral sanctions and/or accountability to a higher being indeed motivates some although they may not be as frank as Huxley was. This is why so many seem particularly keen to cast moral doubt upon certain actions of the God they don't believe in. If He exists and if He is a moral being then they may have to answer to Him. Thus behind much atheism is rebellion, although certainly not all. But as Rocket Scientist Joe Sabeney put it, they "look in the mirror and see their god," thus they will not be accountable to a higher power and can essentially do as they please. Intellectual objections could in these cases become a smokescreen for the real issue, whether the person is aware of it or not.This motivation to get rid of God to avoid accountability is a common theme. Some do it consciously, others unconsciously as they are taught that the universe evolved and has no ultimate meaning and that this is just 'tough luck' and so draw their own conclusions and write their own morality.

This, of course is not the rationale for all who become atheists. Nor to state it does this imply that anyone is being dishonest in claiming any other reason. There are probably quite a number of different reasons. Another could be hurt suffered at the hands of a person or persons who claim to believe in God. Not all who claim His name are true to Him.

Ultimately the point is that it is a personal decision that has been made to go that way. Some would say 'contrary to nature', or else a decision would not need to be made, it would be natural.

The parable Jesus gave regarding the four soils or the sower (God) gives insight into the answer.

Long Answer 6

I can't speak for anyone but myself. I was raised Holiness Pentecostal, in a very religious family. I tried my best to be a good Christian. The problem was that no matter how hard I tried, I just never really bought it. I could wrap my head around the Jesus thing, it was the all powerful creator that I couldn't stomach. As I got older, I learned about all kinds of different religions and came to a realization. If I decided to believe in a man in a pink elephant costume, I had just as much of a statistical chance of being "right" as anyone else does. That, in combination with a great education in science, I decided that the universe was far to elegant to attribute to an invisible man in the sky, and I've been much happier since.

How many atheists?

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It is difficult to know for certain how many atheists there are. It is not on the census polls.

Currently, atheists are estimated to be the largest minority in the USA at around 21%, but, no one can be certain of our exact population.

In many parts of the world being openly atheist is not acceptable and prevents easy acceptance with the local society for business, friendship or political office. In in some cultures it is a death sentence. Atheists in many regions tend to keep their opinions to themselves and blend in with the local theist population. The count of atheists is therefor suspect and probably lower than reality.

What percentage of people are atheists?

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Reliable statistics are hard to come by. Many atheists do not declare their atheism.

To further complicate the matter, some religions like Buddhism are atheistic, denying the existence of any god or gods, but many 'folk Buddhists' do believe in god. Also, Hinduism has many different strains of thought, ranging from polytheism, through to monotheism, panentheism and pantheism, and even a few atheistic schools. Unless we could ask every single person on earth whether they believe in god or not in a private setting so they'd be honest, we can't be sure how much of the worlds population is atheist.

There is no reliable statistic for the number of atheists in the world due to several factors:

  • No one is interested in counting that category.
  • Many people are confused by that term thinking there are varying degrees of atheism.
  • There are several world-wide organized "religious" groups that do not worship a supreme being.
  • There is no umbrella organization that can assist in an accurate count of that category.
  • Many people do not wish to identify themselves as atheists because of the inherent prejudice against atheists by leaders and members of various Christian amd Muslim sects.

What are Jews not allowed to do?

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Originally, (before Nazi power) Jews were treated as normal citizens of Poland, Germany etc. In the mid 30s the Nazis forced Jews to wear gold stars to show they were Jews and they were not allowed to use the same facilities/entertainment Christians were. Then they were all forced to live in a designated area often referred to as the "ghettos". And eventually where all taken to concentration camps, made to work for nothing, and they eventually started "exterminating" them. And then WWII was over and what was left of the Jews were freed and started new lives for themselves.