Understanding Atheism

Atheism can be a complex topic to many people, especially those people who have religions which intentionally spreads lies about it to their followers. Because of this confusion, I figured that my first post should be about what exactly atheism is and what it isn’t. It should also clear up some definition issues which could occur later in this blog.

Atheism is simply the rejection of god claims or a disbelief in god. It is nothing more, and nothing less. Some of those lies that were mentioned earlier say that all atheists lack moral values, follow a religion of science, or were previously hurt by religion (just to name a few). For now they will have to be left at just lies as this post would get quite lengthy if each were discussed. They will each get their own post some time in the future.

Having said that, there are two forms of athism and two forms of theism. As shown in the image, an agnostic atheist is a person who is not sure if god exists, but does not believe in one. If evidence was shown, they would likely convert. There is also a gnostic atheist, a person who knows for certain god doesn’t exist and likely has their own evidence for this claim. Note, however, that gnostic atheists are rare. The same adjectives, agnostic and gnostic, can be applied to theists as well. Theists who know for certain god exists are called gnostic theists.

Agnostic atheists are not sure if a god exists, but are not convinced that there is one. Gnostic atheists know for certain that a god doesn't exist. There are also agnostic and gnostic theists.

The forms of atheism

I think it is also relevant to mention here that I am an agnostic atheist. I have never seen any valid evidence to support the god claims that religions make and do not think faith is a good reason to believe a fairytale. After all, one could apply faith to unicorns and Santa as well. However, that is yet another topic for yet another post.

Hopefully you now have a basic understanding of atheism and the differences between agnostic and gnostic atheists. If you are a really good reader, you understand agnostic and gnostic theism as well.


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