Atheism is a conclusion, not a belief.

This is some thing I wish more people would realize.

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  • Gallup's Mirror

    Lack of belief is a wishy-washy position that doesn't qualify as atheism.

    Atheism means one doesn't believe in God. Lack of belief in God means one doesn't believe in God. So lack of belief in God is atheism.

    A = B and B = C thus A = C.

    But according to you, A ≠ C because that would just be wishy-washy.

    MA in Philosophy, huh?

    Atheism is either an affirmative belief that there is no God or a disbelief based on the evidence, which means a belief that the evidence for God is simply not there.

    If you're going to make up your own exclusive definition of atheism, why not make it interesting? Atheism is a pepperoni pizza!
    Atheism may be either a lack of belief in God or a doctrine of disbelief in God. (Soft atheism and hard atheism.) 
    People who lack belief are people who can't claim to be atheists. They simply are on the road to drawing a conclusion, and when they do they'll believe God exists or they'll believe he doesn't.
    What if they never draw a conclusion?
    Imagine I produce an envelope and tell you there's $1000 inside it. You can believe it, disbelieve it, or reserve judgement until you open the envelope. You may hold any of the three positions, even if the envelope is never opened. If you hold either of the latter two positions then you do not believe there's $1000 in the envelope.   
    If I'd "learned something" I would have changed my mind.

    You learned something and pridefully refuse to change your mind: wilful ignorance.

  • Unseen

    Imagine I produce an envelope and tell you God is inside it. You can believe it, disbelieve it, or reserve judgement until you open the envelope. You may hold any of the three positions, even if the envelope is never opened. If you disbelieve God is in the envelope because you don't believe God is a possible or factual being, you are an atheist by belief. If you reserve judgment, you're basically an agnostic whose mind could conceivably be changed, even if you think it's extremely unlikely the required evidence is possible and can't even imagine what it would be (probably an undeniable miracle).

    Setting agnosticism aside and considering atheist, it's still 'incongruous, inaccurate, or dishonest' to both draw a conclusion and then maintain that you don't believe it.

  • Strega

    Schrodinger's envelope.  God both exists and does not exist in the envelope... until it's opened :)