Hi my name is George i live in Nottinghamshire, i started to wonder wether this whole "God" thing was all it was cracked up to be when i was 10 i am now 15 and i only know a little more than i did then. I no-longer consider myself CofE (Church of England). im still sceptical of what i'm comitting myself to when i say im an atheist. could someone clear it up a bit for me.

thank you

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He could be an agnostic atheist.

When you(the original poster) reach this stage, it's time to do several litmus tests. You'll have to discover what the criteria for these tests are yourself. Being young, you're at an advantage because the spell of religion isn't as strong. My litmus test during my deconversion to atheism was testing the nature of prayer, like why it is so unreliable and erratic, and the nature of many of religion's followers.
As Nelson's said, being an atheist on its own isn't really a commitment to anything. There's no dogma to adhere to, no confirmation rites, or creeds that you must believe. It's simply a lack of belief in any gods, and you are free to change your mind if you discover some sort of evidence that convinces you that there really IS a god. Personally, I identify as an agnostic atheist; I think it's highly unlikely that any gods exist, but I don't have an absolute belief that gods are all false and I would reconsider if convincing evidence were to be produced.
Of course if evidence that gods exist really does pop up, you can still be an anti-theist.

Like "Why do I have to worship this jerk?" XD
LOL. And if such a situation were to arise, it might or might not (but probably would) end with that very thought. XD
I once had a Christian ask me what would I need to believe that his God existed, and when I replied he then followed up with "So then you'd become a Christian?"

I replied with "No, I'd consider it my moral duty to oppose him, but I would at least believe he existed."

He looked rather stunned.
I'm with you on that one, Dave. I just wish I could have seen the look on that Christian's face. Not many ever consider that one might believe in God and think him evil.
Some Gnostics believed that God was crazy.
Personally, I identify as an agnostic atheist; I think it's highly unlikely that any gods exist, but I don't have an absolute belief that gods are all false and I would reconsider if convincing evidence were to be produced.

Yeah, this. Very nicely stated, wisp.

George,

By stating that you are an atheist, all you are really 'committing' yourself to is that you don't have any belief in a deity. That's it. Whether or not you also subscribe to other things, such as skepticism, critical thinking, secular humanism, rationalism, philosophical materialism, and so forth is up to you and is separate from being an atheist, although they are often found together and in many cases being one (a skeptic or a critical thinker, for example) can lead one to the realization that there's no evidence for a deity.

As for what you'd be letting yourself in for, well, we do tend to get called names a lot by people who don't like the fact that we don't believe in their god of choice.
Sadly I've found that in many cases, some of the most common misconceptions of atheists and what we "must" believe or disbelieve are propagated by other atheists. I haven't seen any of that round this community yet, and I hope it stays that way!
Yeah, we are pretty laid back for the most part. Of course, whenever the term "agnostic atheist" is being used, there is one guy here who always objects and argues ad nauseam that saying "agnostic atheist" is redundant.

I'm not going to name names or even describe the cute, puppy dog avatar of this person. I'm just saying, be on the look out. ;-)
Hahaha! :P

I agree that "agnostic atheist" tends to be a bit redundant if we're really being honest with ourselves about our capacity for ultimate knowledge about the nature of gods and religion. However, I've known a lot of people who claim to be able to state unequivocally that gods do not exist (I dated one for a few years, even). I specify "agnostic atheist" to distance myself from that sort of "absolute" thinking. I fell into the trap of absolute thinking when I was a theist and I won't allow myself to be quite so closed to new evidence again.

Cheers for admitting we don't necessarily know the ultimate truth of reality. ;o)
I agree that "agnostic atheist" tends to be a bit redundant if we're really being honest with ourselves about our capacity for ultimate knowledge about the nature of gods and religion.

Spot on!

However, I've known a lot of people who claim to be able to state unequivocally that gods do not exist


I'd worry about anyone claiming absolute knowledge! I feel fine stating that god doesn't exist in much the same manner I am comfortable stating that other imaginary beings do not exist. It seems only the theists (or pedants) will respond to this by saying that we don't know for certain that their god doesn't exist. I just don't think their imaginary being should get special treatment or terminology when we discuss our nonbelief in it as opposed to any number of other imaginary things.

Ok...end rant. Stepping away from the keyboard!

;-)

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