Do you believe in Atheism?   I personally don't like it... what do you think?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Do I believe in Atheism?  Yes...it exists.  There are many people--some intelligent, some not so much--who choose not to believe in any God. 

Am I an atheist?  No.  I am a Christian.  Part of being a Christian is to debate with others who are not to attempt to bring them to Christianity, but that does not mean that I do not love and care for them as human beings and for the uniqueness of character that they bring to the human race.  Will we always agree?  No.  That does not mean, however, that we can not be friends and be friendly.

Your question is a lot like, "Do you believe in homosexuality?"  Of course it exists, but not all people will agree with, like, or participate in the social interaction which is homosexuality.  Personally, I do not agree with it, but I also have many, many intelligent, creative, fun-loving friends who happen to belong to this group of zany individuals. 

In times like this, and with questions like these, I am grateful that it is not my job to judge.

 

 

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Some critics have great fun with the term atheism saying that if you don't believe in God that is a logical contradiction, as to not belive in God presupposes that you tacitly accept their existence - you couldn't choose to not believe in something if it didn't exist. Is this just tricky sophistry or is there a point to it?!

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I'm not an atheist, but I am a stubborn agnostic.  I respect people who are atheists just as I respect those who are devoutly religious.  We all have the right to our own beliefs, as long as they do not interfere with the right of others to hold and practice their own beliefs as well.  Everyone must search for their own truths in life, and I think it is actually quite healthy to keep searching even after you think you've found the answers.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I also do not believe in atheism but I would not ridicule someone for being an atheist. This is their choice to make. As long as they are not pushing their beliefs on me then it really makes no difference.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I do not see why you would dislike someone else's beliefs unless their beliefs call for something bad to happen to you.  If someone's beliefs single you out and say that you should be punished or something, it makes sense to not like them.  But if you don't believe in athiesm, then don't be athiest.  I don't see why you have to "dislike" it rather than simply saying that you believe in something else.

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leoravennight | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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I do not see why you would dislike someone else's beliefs unless their beliefs call for something bad to happen to you.  If someone's beliefs single you out and say that you should be punished or something, it makes sense to not like them.  But if you don't believe in athiesm, then don't be athiest.  I don't see why you have to "dislike" it rather than simply saying that you believe in something else.

I agree that it is unreasonable to dislike any type of religion that has done nothing to you, but it is the right of people to like or dislike something. All I ask is for people not to disrespect others religion. You can have your opinion but don't dis someone elses'. (I'm not saying you did or anything, just speaking in general).

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picturesque | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Atheists of course should not be hated and should be loved and cared. And they should be guided to be at least on a path.

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kim-c | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

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I don't believe in being an Atheist. My parents are Buddhist but I'm not a practicing Buddhist, though I know a fair bit about it. Since I go to a Catholic school, we have to do Study of Religion (SOR) and that's where we learn about many different Gods of different religions, not just Christianity.

I've been to a Catholic school all my life, so I feel like I know more about the Catholic religion than my own but I love both and I believe in both, even though I heard that you can only believe in one. I enjoy learning about other religions as well, including Islam, which is one of my favourite to do a topic on because there are a lot of ethical issues to consider.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I am an atheist. But... Everyone is an atheist.

None of you believe in the earth-mother goddess, Lemanja.

None of you believe in the Norse God, Odin.

None of you believe in the Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec God of War.

None of you believe in the Greek god, Apollo.

We could continue this list of unbelievable Gods 1,000s of times, listing all the Gods you don't believe in. Listing literally 1000s of Gods you think are mythological nonsense and silly, superstitious hoo-doo.

How about Angwusnasomtaka, a Mother goddess of the Hopi pantheon?

Or Sedna, inuit goddess of sea animals?

Or the Zoroastrianism God, Mazda?

 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_deities )

"But", you say, "I do believe in this God here. This God is different. This God is real."

Well, I'm an atheist. I agree with you completely about all the Gods you don't believe in. I just add one extra God to your very long list of unbelievable Gods.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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I do not believe in atheism. Atheism is the belief that God does not exist. Whereas I believe that God does exist. However I must clarify that for me cod is not a physical entity. It is just a concept. It is the common matter of which everything else is made.

We presently know that everything with physical existence - including physical matter and energy consist of some common particles like electrons, muons, taus, neutrinos, quarks, photons, gluons, and weakons, or weak bosons. But we do not know what are these sub atomic particles are made of. May be in future we will be able find even more basic particles that make all these currently known smallest building block of the universe. I believe if we continue our scientific progress in this fashion, we are bound to find that the entire universe is made up of some thing that cannot be broken further into its component because it is not any physical substance at all. I believe, that "something" does have properties that can not be described in words but can only be experienced. Further I believe that many great souls have experienced that reality. God is the name I give to that reality.

This kind of ultimate reality behind the physical universe is termed in Hindu philosophy under names like shoonya (zero), akshar (indivisible or indestructible), and parambrahma (the ultimate).

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