I have had this discussion on other threads and I wanted to get your opinions on what most fellow Atheists consider an "Atheist".
I have always considered an "Atheist" as someone who does not believe in even the possibility of a God/Gods, an afterlife, reincarnation of any kind, energies "living on" or being "transferred to other forms" after death, ghosts/souls, and/or superstitious beliefs.
I have not considered Buddhists atheists as they still believe in "energies" and the sorts; and believe that people who say that they believe in the "possibility" of an afterlife as agnostics or the sorts - I have been an atheist for example since I was 15-16 and maybe an agnostic for a couple of years before then.
For example, I am sure that Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the likes all fit into the aforementioned definition of an "Atheist". So, what do you think?
@ Sassan - I have never heard Hitchens, Harris, or Dawkins say they discount the possibility of an after-life 100%. Did I miss something?
While I fit into your definition of atheism, and while I'm sure that we'd agree very well about whether or not it is possible for gods/supernatural stuff to exist, I don't think your definition is correct. An atheist is just someone who doesn't believe that a god exists. Your definition describes a naturalist. We both agree that reincarnation is bullshit, but many Buddhists believe in it, while not believing in a god, thus making them atheists, by definition. I also do not consider agnosticism to be a third option to atheism vs theism. Agnosticism is the position that the existence of god is unknown or unknowable. This has nothing to do with whether or not someone actually believes in a god. I'd even argue that religious folk that say that one can't prove/disprove the existence of a god are technically agnostics, by definition.
I have heard Dawkins stand on the subject and he states that because we don't know so there is a small (very small) possibility, no mater how unlikely.
There is a difference between being agnostic (not knowing) and atheist (not believing) so for intellectual honesty the position of agnostic/atheist maybe more accurate for many.