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  • Atheism is the absence of theism

    Atheism isn't a positive belief system, nor is there any set of principles which unify all who identify as atheist. Therefore, anything that lacks a positive belief in a God or gods is atheistic. Much of this distinction even lies in the etymology - there is a reason why it is not termed antitheism.

  • Yes, we are born Atheist

    The definition of atheism is to reject the theory or belief that there is a God or other deities, or to have and absence of a God or deity in your life.. Now the way I see it is when were born we are completely unknowing of this world's ideas or beliefs. So from there if we don't know any of the ideas or theories then how can we be considered anything other than atheist? Some will consider that just simply unknowing but to me I think it's just easier to label it as atheism if we are putting labels on things. But in the end it's all an opinion and babies haven't yet formed one so that is technically a form of being atheist, having an absence of a God in your life.

  • I wouldn't consider a baby to be an atheist, but technically we are all born as atheist.

    Atheism is defined as a lack of belief in god. The "A" prefix means "without", and theist of course means a belief in god, so the word literally means "Without belief in god". A non-belief does not require you to hold any kind of knowledge about a god of any kind. No one just starts believing in any god until it is actually taught to them, so they can't possibly be theist. Everyone has to be either a theist or an atheist because there is no middle ground between a belief and a non-belief.

    In ancient times the term atheist was first used to describe the non-belief of a specific god since people back then believed in multiple gods. You can say everyone now is like an atheist about at least some kind of god because no one believes in every single god created by mankind.

  • By the strict definition, yes, we are born Atheists.

    "Asexual" means not sexual. "Apolitical" means not political. "Atheistic" means not theistic. People are not born theists, therefore by strict definition they are born Atheists.

    However, people are not born with a stance on whether a god exists or not, but unless introduced to the concept, so by popular definition, they are not born as anything in that context.

  • Humans are born implicit or "natural" atheists.

    Atheism by definition is not a "denial" of gods but rather a lack of belief in gods. Therefore all infants, those who have never heard of the idea of gods, and animals are "natural" atheists.

    Once a person has heard the concept of gods and rejected those claims as unsupported, one becomes an "informed" atheist. This is then further divided into agnostic atheists (the vast majority, those who lack a belief in gods due to lac k of evidence) or gnostic atheists (a rarity, those who state explicitly that no gods exist).

  • It really depends on your definition of atheist

    Like the title says, this question depends on what you consider to be atheist. Myself and any other atheist I know, hold no belief in a god. It is the equivalence of people being an atheist towards unicorns, as it is a non issue. We don't believe in god, but at the same time we aren't actively denying one either. With this definition of atheism, then yes we are born atheist, as we held no opinion about god, so therefore didn't believe he existed.

    Now if you were referring to a more "militant" form of atheism, where the atheist actively stated there is no such thing as a god, then no we are not born atheist.

    Personally, I believe we are not born with an innate idea of god, hence making the individual an atheist by default, until they become indoctrinated by their parent's religion.

  • We are born curious and constantly asking questions

    Many children are brought up in a certain faith, taught that it is the truth. It cannot be mere coincidence that a person born in France are automatically Christian, it is not coincidence it is because we are indoctrinated. When we are born we grow up asking questions being curious, because we want to understand the world. Atheism is the constant critical analysis of the universe, not necessarily the disbelief in God. Therefore it seems we are born not caring if any god exists, the only thing that truly matters is getting our diapers changed and asking questions. The only reason why we begin to believe in a god is due to indoctrination from society, family, and friends.

  • Yes we are.

    We are literally born with no knowledge and therefore, no opinions about anything in the world. So technically, we are atheist when we are born. However, that is quickly swayed once we learn language and from whatever beliefs the people around us have. We become influenced by what they believe and depending on what that is, there is a chance that we become not Athiest by the time we reach a certain age.

    However, we then gain the ability to form opinions of our own and take other peoples' beliefs and thoughts critically, and then, if it happens, we can become Athiest once again.

    No one is born with a religion; it's pushed onto us.

  • God is people

    Babies don't believe anything when they are born. Therefore they don't believe in gods. The only thing you could say is a god to a baby is its parents or other carers. And that is why the indoctrination is so powerful. Most religious people are so because their families are. They effectively believe in the truth of what their loved ones told them. God is just people. People made it up. And they perpetuate it by passing the god meme-plex to their children, like a virus, after they are born uninfected.

  • It's obvious man

    Are you dumb? What the fuck?? Fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion, fuck religion.

  • No, we're not born Atheist.

    As a new born we don't know anything about religion! Opinions on religion come as we grow, and it comes instilled in them with their parents beliefs, not until we are much older can we decide on our religous choice. A very new born baby wouldn't be able to read a bible or understand the meaning behind church, etc. Choices are made as we grow.

  • No we are not born atheist, we are born without sin.

    As a Christian I believe that we are born in a state of grace with God, but with free will to choose the direction of life. We can accept God's grace and forgiveness for our state of sin or we can choose to turn on back on God's grace and live in sin. We are born with free will!

  • No, we acquire our beliefs as we grow.

    No, I do not believe we are born atheist, nor do I believe we are born as any specific religion or denomination. Our beliefs become a choice. At some point we will choose to either be an atheist or to be part of whatever religion adheres to our spiritual pursuits.

  • Another Silly Question!

    You are not born as anything, an atheist or a believer.

    You are born pretty much with a blank slate as to your beliefs. You will acquire beliefs as you grow. Mainly from your parents when you are young, then from school, church, whatever. This process is called

    Imprinting is the term used in psychology and ethology to describe any kind of phase-sensitive learning (learning occurring at a particular age or a particular life stage) that is rapid and apparently independent of the consequences of behavior. It was first used to describe situations in which an animal or person learns the characteristics of some stimulus, which is therefore said to be "imprinted" onto the subject.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imprinting_(psychology)


  • We have a built in knowledge of God.

    All human beings have a part in their brain which lends them to look for spiritual guidance. Even without being told about God, people still seek out God. They might not know that it is God that they are looking for but they are drawn to him. A child can feel God.

  • Atheism is at minimum not believing god or gods exist, and this entails an epistemic position

    To be able to use words like "god", "atheism", etc., entails concepts to which these words refer. One cannot do so without beliefs of any kind and “If a subject did not know anything, all scenarios would be epistemically possible for the subject.”

    Chalmers, D. (2011). The nature of epistemic space. In A. Egan & B. Weatherson (Eds.) Epistemic Modality. Oxford University Press

    This doesn't describe atheists, who are able to use words like "god" and, "It is impossible to assert something without expressing a belief."
    Davis, W. A. (2003). Meaning, expression and thought. Cambridge University Press.

    "Non-belief" is belief:

    "Even if a proposition is not believed, it may be more or less close to being believed. We shall distinguishnon-beliefs in a narrow sense from disbeliefs. A sentence A is disbelieved by a person if she believes the negation of A, and the person is in a state of non-belief with respect to A if she is agnostic about it, i.E., believes neither A nor the negation of A."

    Rott, H. (2009). Degrees all the way down: Beliefs, non-beliefs and disbeliefs. In Degrees of belief (pp. 301-339). Springer Netherlands

    If an atheist is one that doesn't believe in any god (and is capable of using the word), then either they don't believe any god exists or they "believe neither A nor the negation of A" which, in this case, would be the proposition "god or gods exist". As infants can't believe anything, to call them atheists is to make the term meaningless and inherently contradictory.

  • No concept of God = Ignosticism

    Arguing epistemology. I feel the term atheism should only be used to classify those that have developed an opinion on theistic views. Ignorance is not the same as rejection. When one establishes the concept of God, they are required to determine their own beliefs based on their own faith and knowledge of science and other philosophies.

  • No, we aren't born atheist

    If anything, babies are born ignostic (no, not agnostic, ignostic). There are many definitions of what it means to be an ignostic, but it near synonymous with theological noncognitivism - which is "cognition is a group of mental processes that includes attention, memory, producing and understanding language, learning, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making." (Wiki) Because a baby is ignorant of what God even means (seeing they lack most cognition) babies aren't atheists

  • We are not born atheist.

    There is no way that you can be born and just KNOW that you're an atheist. You CHOOSE to believe in (a) god(s) or no deity. You would not be able to think of that when you're a baby. Once you're older, THEN you would be able to choose what you believe in.

    Parents may influence your decisions growing up or force you to believe in a religion. However, some parents don't care what YOU choose, because it's YOUR choice.

    In conclusion, you cannot be BORN an atheist. It's a choice.

  • No animals are not.

    No animals are not born with a predefined belief. As we develop and take information, all the while VERY, VERY, VERY, dependant on parental factor. We develop morals and personal beliefs to which to live by. Those not successful in or wish not to create [their own] usually go to redefined sources of beliefs, aka bibles, religions, so on..


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Bullish says2013-05-04T19:44:52.487
Definitions.

Is Atheist non-belief or belief in nothing? I haven't figured that out yet..
GWL-CPA says2014-03-02T23:33:44.157
Bullish, atheists do not believe in God or gods. How hard is that to understand?

“Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is the absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheism is contrasted with theism, which in its most general form is the belief that at least one deity exists”
http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/Atheism

That being said, most atheists also do not believe in any theism.

“Theism, in the broadest sense, is the belief that at least one deity exists. In a more specific sense, theism is commonly a monotheistic doctrine concerning the nature of a deity, and that deity's relationship to the universe. Theism, in this specific sense, conceives of God as personal, present and active in the governance and organization of the world and the universe. As such theism describes the classical conception of God that is found in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism.
Http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/Theism

Babies come into this world as blank slates that know nothing, except for their instincts, which evolved over millions of years, e.G., babies all cry when they need something or are experiencing some form of discomfort, e.G., dirty diapers, or cold, and when they are hungry. Some of the other instincts are the hard-wired human survival instincts, e.G., fight or flight. Then there is blushing, yawning and our sexual drives.

Everything else a baby learns from his surroundings, initially, mainly his parents and siblings.

This is called conditioning. As a child grows up, he learns the values of the society, which is called cultural imprinting. Sometimes children will be more influenced by their peers, versus their parents. So, sometimes, even though the parents are very religious, the child’s peers may not be. The child will pick one of the two or something in-between. The child will grow up believing in God, or become an atheist or an agnostic.