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How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by TheBigUrban2: 1:15pm On Sep 01, 2014
Atheists are a very diverse set of people. The only thing that hold us together is a disbelief in God.


For me, my atheism beyond a disbelief in God focuses on a path towards Secular Humanism. Secular Humanism has its goals/ideals written down in the humanist manifesto. Humanism focuses on bettering human life/existence through reason rather than divine or religious means.

Some atheists define their atheism through an apatheism. Apatheism is an agnostic approach where the atheists does not care about the arguments for or against God, and as such, they also do not get into arguments or activism for their secular beliefs. The kind of atheists that do not visit the religion section.


My own atheism with secular humanism makes me an activist. Some atheists are apathetic. Some focus on women rights. Some focus on secluarism in government. Some focus on religious extremism.


What do you with your atheism?

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Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by Jack65: 1:40pm On Sep 01, 2014
Me am an Apatheist, meaning that even though I don't believe any God exist, I'll still not give a damn if God existed or not. I focus on enlightenment and secularism knowing what religion as a whole has done and still does to humanity. I believe religion is the biggest threat to continued human existence in the world. A look at what is happening in the Middle East now should give anybody a cause for alarm and considering that we are at WMD age now......

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Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by TheBigUrban2: 1:45pm On Sep 01, 2014
Jack65: Me am an Apatheist, meaning that even though I don't believe any God exist, I'll still not give a damn if God existed or not. I focus on enlightenment and secularism knowing what religion as a whole has done and still does to humanity. I believe religion is the biggest threat to continued human existence in the world. A look at what is happening in the Middle East now should give anybody a cause for alarm and considering that we are at WMD age now......

Have you heard of Sam Harris?
Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by Jack65: 2:15pm On Sep 01, 2014
TheBigUrban2:

Have you heard of Sam Harris?

Lol! I have read many of his and Richard Dawkins books. So yes.
Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by Nobody: 3:40pm On Sep 01, 2014
Jack65: Me am an Apatheist, meaning that even though I don't believe any God exist, I'll still not give a damn if God existed or not. I focus on enlightenment and secularism knowing what religion as a whole has done and still does to humanity. I believe religion is the biggest threat to continued human existence in the world. A look at what is happening in the Middle East now should give anybody a cause for alarm and considering that we are at WMD age now......
Ditto. Couldn't agree more.
Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by TheBigUrban2: 4:13pm On Sep 01, 2014
Jack65:

Lol! I have read many of his and Richard Dawkins books. So yes.


Cool. The guy is fast becoming my favourite atheist. Soft spoken and very smart. I think his stance is more like yours
Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by TheBigUrban2: 4:14pm On Sep 01, 2014
Apatheist:
Ditto. Couldn't agree more.


Na lie....explain your own stance jo smiley
Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by Nobody: 5:55pm On Sep 01, 2014
TheBigUrban2:


Na lie....explain your own stance jo smiley
My username.
Apatheist.
Apathy + Atheism.

Apatheism is defined as apathy towards belief and disbelief in gods. This definition of apatheism is derived from the fact that apatheism is a portmanteau of apathy and theism / atheism.

Apatheism can be described as the position that neither the existence nor the nonexistence of gods is important, thus neither belief in nor denial of gods is important. For this reason apatheism overlaps with pragmatic atheism and practical atheism.

On a practical level, apatheism eschews positively asserting the existence or nonexistence of gods. Apatheism must therefore be regarded as an attitude towards a type of belief, not a belief or disbelief itself.

Apatheism sometimes goes a bit further and asserts that even if it were proven conclusively and without a doubt that some sort of god existed, then the person's general behavior and life would not change — thus the existence of gods is not only irrelevant now but would be irrelevant in the future no matter what sort of evidence or proof is present. cool

In some cases, apatheism is applied more broadly to all religions and even to all belief systems and ideologies, not just to belief and disbelief in the existence of gods. This broader sort of apathy and apatheism would be more correctly labeled Indifferentism, though because that label comes from Catholic theology it's not one familiar to most people.

Pronunciation: ap-uh- thee -ist
Also Known As: pragmatic atheist, practical atheist
Common Misspellings: apathiest
Examples:
"Apatheism is to be celebrated as nothing less than a major civilizational advance. Religion, as countless acts of violence in the name of God have underscored, remains the most divisive and volatile of social forces."

- Jonathan Rauch, The Atlantic Monthly , May, 2003

http://atheism.about.com/od/Atheist-Dictionary/g/Definition-Apatheist.htm
Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by Misogynist2014(m): 7:31pm On Sep 01, 2014
To quote one of these, the first century Jewish historian, Josephus, writing in about AD 93:“At this time[the time of Pilate]there was a wise man who was called Jesus. His conduct was good and (he) was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. But those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion, and that he was alive; accordingly he was perhaps the Messiah, concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders.”(Antiquities of the Jews) cry
Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by Misogynist2014(m): 7:47pm On Sep 01, 2014
Jack65: Me am an Apatheist, meaning that even though I don't believe any God exist, I'll still not give a damn if God existed or not. I focus on enlightenment and secularism knowing what religion as a whole has done and still does to humanity. I believe religion is the biggest threat to continued human existence in the world. A look at what is happening in the Middle East now should give anybody a cause for alarm and considering that we are at WMD age now......
Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity.How can a man be wise when he refuses to embrace wisdom?Can a man claim to have wisdom when he has no understanding?
How can a man know God when he knows not Christ?A man who says he is independent from God is dependent on Satan.For a man cannot be independent of light and claim he lives not in darkness?How can a man base his own self on laws of science which magicians have always mocked and disproved?If you believe not in existence of God,then you believe in the existence of Satan.For no rational thinker sees this world and universal complexity and bases it on chance.
If you don't give a damn if God exist,then you give no damn to rock in hell. angry
Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by UyiIredia(m): 7:54pm On Sep 01, 2014
If one is an atheist who uses his reason it is inevitable that they shake hands with death; because of the belief that when one dies, one dies forever. Though people like me understand that we've been dead foe 5990 years.
Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by TheBigUrban2: 8:01pm On Sep 01, 2014
UyiIredia: If one is an atheist who uses his reason it is inevitable that they shake hands with death; because of the belief that when one dies, one dies forever. Though people like me understand that we've been dead foe 5990 years.


I missed your nonsense posts! Glad to have you back!

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Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by UyiIredia(m): 8:22pm On Sep 01, 2014
TheBigUrban2:


I missed your nonsense posts! Glad to have you back!
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Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by SIRANDREWS: 10:02pm On Sep 01, 2014
I'm the kind of atheist who wants God to exist so I can deal with him
Re: How Do You Define Your Atheism And What Do You Do With It? by onetrack(m): 10:14pm On Sep 01, 2014
Secular humanist in terms of my philosophy towards life and other people; anti-theist with regard to religion. Religion must be challenged intellectually wherever possible.

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