• Lack of belief in a god.

  • A belief that there is no god.

36% 8 votes
64% 14 votes
  • There's a difference between agnostic and gnostic theism. Most fall under this one (agnostic).

  • The question is about atheism, not agnosticism. If it were agnosticism, then yes, but atheism, no. Atheists believe there is no god, while agnostics do not choose to believe the is, or is not, a god.

  • I, at least, am not absolutely certain that there is no deity, but in the absence of substantial evidence the only logical conclusion is that one does not exist. It's the same deal with leprechauns and fairies.

  • Because if an atheist defines himself as somebody who just lacks a belief in God, then chairs, cows, guns, and Cyanide, are all atheists. The current attempt to shift the burden of proof ENTIRELY to the theist, is seemingly a result of mere intellectual laziness. Atheism is the belief there is NO GOD, and theredore the atheist must show that God is nonexistent. This would be possible in numerous ways, say if you showed that the idea of God is self contradictory, or that the existence of evil is not reconcilable with the existence of God. I am a Christian by the way.

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Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-19T18:12:50.1289546-05:00
"There's a difference between agnostic and gnostic theism. Most fall under this one (agnostic)." You meant to say atheism instead of theism, right?
dmussi12 says2015-04-19T20:27:07.0567664-05:00
Yes, my bad
joetheripper117 says2015-04-19T20:32:31.7861939-05:00
Agnosticism and atheism are completely independent of each other. Agnosticism vs Gnosticism is regarding your view on the provability of your position on the existence of god, while atheism vs theism is your view on whether you believe in a higher deity or deities. I describe myself as an agnostic atheist, which means that I do not believe in a god, but understand that this position cannot be proven without doubt with our current understanding. In conclusion, I urge the original poster to modify this, so that the debate acknowledges the difference between Gnostic atheist and agnostic atheists.
BasedCereal says2015-10-17T22:05:03.7848107Z
Atheism is not a religion. It has no doctrine or set rules. There are also many different types of atheism. While it is true there is such a thing as gnostic athiesm (the active belief in no gods), the overwhelming majority of atheists are not that. They, quite simply, don't believe in a god. While those on the other side claim that we made this distinction to give others the "burden of proof" counter, it is a fact that everyone didn't believe in a god until they were told about it. Most atheists are a continuation of that original stance: no stance at all. Atheism is largely a midpoint between the two views, absolute view on a god and absolute view on no god. Most of the atheists people see in debates follow this stance, as the burden of proof does apply to this, and they don't see any proof toward a god.

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