Children: Are they born atheist?
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Children are not born atheist. Atheism is defined as "The term "atheist" describes a person who does not believe that God or a divine being exists." (http://www.iep.utm.edu...) which I believe to be universally known however there is one word which does not get adequate consideration in that phrase. Belief is defined as "a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing" or "conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence." It is the word belief and the qualities of such a thing.
The problems with declaring babies as being born atheist is that they do not match either of the definitions of belief in which there is trust or confidence placed in the concept that there is no deity just as there is no trust or confidence placed in the concept that there is a deity and there is no conviction related to any statement about deities whatsoever. The lack of conceptual awareness removes the burden of belief therefore concepts such as Soft Atheism do not refer to those who lack conceptual awareness but those who are aware of the concept, choose to disbelieve in a deity, and then assert Agnosticism (http://www.pluralism.org...) as their knowledge claim to couple with their belief claim.
Due to this it is functionally impossible for a person of any persuasion to be atheistic towards something they cannot be said to be aware of therefore babies, being objectively unaware of the concepts revolving around deities in general, are not atheist at birth.
The word atheist means "One who does not believe that there is a god."
There are strong atheists, who have faith in the idea that there is no god, but most, like myself, are simply unconvinced. Thus, colloquial use of the term "Atheist" ought to refer to the type of atheist that's most common.
You need some form of evidence to assist in the assertion that what you claim to be the most common form of atheist is in fact the most common form.
However, we can find that the answer to this question depends on what one means by the word atheism. All children are born with a lack of a belief in anything. Should one mean that the word atheism ought to refer to an explicit faith in the ideas of no god, than you're right.
Although, atheism is also an umbrella term for many types of nonreligion, such as agnosticism, ignosticism, and antitheism. All babies are atheists. Not necessarily one type of atheist, but a type in the atheism family nonetheless. Saying that they aren't is like saying that someone isn't a Christian, but rather a Lutheran.
Babies are not ignostic, they are definitely not antitheist, and as you said they are not atheist in common and direct terminology so what type? Well, sadly this debate is over, and to that end you've not substantiated this claim either. It happens.
Thanks for playing.
But again, we've been saying the same thing this entire time, this is just a semantics debate.
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