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  • The only claim is that I don't believe in any gods. And that is definitely true. I don't.
  • Atheism is nothing more than a lack of belief in deities. It makes no positive claims.
  • hahahaha
  • Atheism has 'claims'? Isn't that kinda contradictory to the term 'atheism'?
  • Elaborate, which claims are you referring to???
  • Not very. There are several possibilities that would make my atheism 'wrong'. Below is a list of possibilities in order of increasing probability: 1) There is a god, and he really is the anthropomorphic personification of common religious belief. 2) There is a god, and he is utterly incomprehensible to us and has no interest in us. This is orders of magnitude more likely than 1) but still very very unlikely. 3) The universe I perceive is a simulation (a la the Matrix) created by a much more advanced culture for whatever reason. 4) The universe exist and so do we, and we have the ability to increasingly percieve and understand it. That last one is pretty much what I do believe. The most probable scenario I can imagine. regards JakobA
  • i didn't realize atheism made any claims.
  • As an atheist, I make no claims. I don't claim that gods exist, as a theist does.
  • Atheism doesn't deal in claims. It deals in known facts, which are very important to us all.
  • Autonomous individuals have no need to be validated by anyone else. I need no validation, could care less what others think. My choices, beliefs and decisions are mine alone. I might consider selling them to the highest bidder though. LOL LOL
  • I don't care. Not knowing something and feeling defenseless is y'alls field.
  • I'm not sure I understand the question, as atheism doesn't make any claims, is simply denies one. The claim that there is a god. In case I am wrong, I would love to know what claims atheism makes.
  • Mister_It, you spend a lot of time on AB trying to deny that a lot of people who worship Jesus Christ as their savior are Christian. The definition of a Christian is someone who believes that Jesus Christ is their savior. The fact that you don't accept some of their practices and beliefs doesn't change the definition. Google for Christian denominations and several sites indicate that there are over 50,000 Christian denominations--many you undoubtedly reject-- but by definition they are Christian. There are over a billion atheists on the planet if we use the dictionary definition of atheist. Most atheists don't reject other atheists as not true atheists. We are bound only by the fact that we don't believe in a god. It would be a very small percentage of us who would fit your definition here. We are not united by any other belief so when you use the word atheist as broadly as you have, you've excluded a wide swath of us who are atheist by definition. It's easy to hold prejudices against others and win straw man arguments if you get to control the definitions of what you're doing.
  • Atheism isn't a religion. It's being logical and a realist and not getting caught up by faith, or believing in something without proof.
  • But atheism doesn't really provide any claims, it is simply what you're left with when you drop out of religion (or refuse to join up in the first place); it is more of a rejection of claims than a set of their own. How I got to be an atheist in the first place was because I considered *truth* in general to be important, and I determined that a lot of what religion told me was not true. If there are any claims involved in atheism at all there would really only be one - the one about there being no supernatural all-powerful deity. If this isn't true, sure, I'd love to know about it. Show me the evidence, we'll talk.
  • There are no claims. An atheist simply doesn't believe in a god. In that they are almost the same as christians - who don't believe in Allah, muslims who don't believe in jehova, mormons who don't believe in mithra, hindu's who don't believe in jesus and so on and so on...
  • It's not. I believe a persons personal beliefs or non beliefs belong just that "personal". The conflict and unrest that comes from trying to debate each sides validity is futal. Just look at the results in every corner of the world. Some subjects are just meant to be kept to yourself. When personal belief's became hearts of serious subject matter, Pandora's Box was opened and the rest is history.
  • Atheists do not believe in the existence of a god or gods. This is a simple way of stating what many atheists regard as the core of atheism. In contrast to religious belief atheism is a provisional point of view. There is no evidence is support of the belief that gods exist, and this lack of evidence is sufficient to persuade most rational people that gods probably, indeed almost certainly, do not exist. I recognize that the conclusion I share with other atheists might be mistaken; but at the moment I think it very unlikely indeed that we are. Suppose that compelling evidence for the existence of gods were obtained. I would revise my opinion. What this means is that the truth of my current point of view is not important to me. The liklihood of my current point of view is, and with no evidence for the existence of gods at hand, I conduct myself just as I would conduct myself if gods were proven, categorically, not to exist.
  • Atheists don't make claims. Atheists only tell the people who have these "claims" to sit on a dick.
  • I don't understand. How do Atheists not make claims? Isn't saying, "There is no God or gods." a claim? I can't be proven, so it becomes a claim. "Atheists believe in facts" is also a claim. What facts? "Religion has caused more death and pain than any other idea" is a claim. Another claim, " People who believe in a god are uneducated" These are all things I have heard said by Atheists, and they are claims. By saying you make no claims just conveniently takes the burden of proof off of you. From Webster's online Dictionary,claim "to assert in the face of possible contradiction" Please explain.
  • Atheism is not a religion. There is no atheistic dogma that " makes claims." Atheism is the absence of religion or, more precisely, the absence of a belief in gods. It's not as if we all get together on Sunday to celebrate not believing.
  • Insofar as I remain an atheist, very. That's what, generally speaking, atheists value: truth. If you want to generalize atheists, as so many do, that's the best way to do it.
  • Atheists make a lot of claims but I guess they're not that important to them because they have no proof.
  • Well, I see you've been schooled in the definition of "atheist" so I won't bother with that. I'll answer what I assume is the meaning of your question: It's not in the least bit important to me that a god does not exist. I consider myself a good person, if that's not good enough for whatever god you believe in, or whichever turns out to really be in control, screw him. I never would have wanted to worship a piece of crap like that anyway.
  • Apparently not as important to you who claim they care if they claim it to be true. Insecure much?
  • And, according to you, what are the claims of Atheism? Because, according to me, an Atheist, my only claim is that there is no god
  • How is it that atheists don't even understand the meaning of the actual word? Atheism is not a religion.
  • Mister-IT. I have read the first page and most answers are that no claim is made by Atheists. Well,..I am an Atheist and I do make a claim. I claim that there is no God. Now some could argue about the semantics of the word but that does not answer your question. For me personally it is of no importance that my claim is validated by others. I actually have a great respect for those who good things in the name of their god. I encourage the belief in God to my children, and I say god bless You when someone sneezes. My beliefs are a result of 50 years of living MY life. Every one is different and has had different experiences. Mine are like no others so I do not expect anyone to think like me.
  • thats what atheism is about- the truth- the claim is that religions are bullshit and made up by people, thats totally true and i agree with it. i wish it wasnt true, but it is.
  • zero i just know there isnt i cant fool myself into believing it, i honestly tried and it just made me more depressed now that ive accepted that there isn't a god im honestly a truly happier person and i no longer feel so conflicted on heaven, hell, my family, and God's horrible totalitarian fanatic logic i wish i could believe in god
  • Athiesm isn't a claim - there's PROOF of evolution. It's not important to me that the 'claims' are really true because for one thing they aren't just claims & secondly, if for some unknown reason it were to be disproved & god was in fact real I wouldn't really care because I live by my own set of beliefs.
  • Let me see if I get this right. You want to know how important it is to an atheist that a god or gods do not exist? Interesting, I would have to guess not as important as it is to those who believe in a god that he does exist. Personally, I am an indifferent agnostic.

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