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?
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.
I think you're confused. Atheism and agnosticism answer two different questions. Atheism is the opposite of deism, which is whether or not you believe in a god. Agnosticism is the opposite of gnostic, which has to do with knowledge.
An agnostic atheist, which is what I consider myself, claims that there is no god but we can never know for certain. A gnostic atheist claims that they do not believe in a god and knows this for certain.
I think you're defining atheist as a gnostic atheist, but agnostic atheists are also atheist.
I think i dont care what anyone else believes when i am forming my belief system dawkins, hitchens, etc included.
I think the dictionary defines this pretty perfectly.
I think we had this discussion for the past few days in another thread.
I think atheist covers one thing uncertainty about the existence of god.