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If you had to give a PROPER definition of atheism, what would it be (READ BELOW FIRST)

Swami Vivekanada, and Indian who was instrumental in bringing Hinduism to the West, once said, "Just as certain world religions say that people who do not believe in a personal God outside of themselves are atheists, we say that a person who does not believe in himself is an atheist. Not believing in the splendour of one's own soul is what we call an atheist."

In ancient Greece, Christians were referred to as atheists for not believing in the Greek gods. (and remember the English word "atheist" comes from the Greek language.)

So how do you define atheist?


Asked by Gal51 at 3:09 PM on Sep. 27, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • athe ( greek) means godless + ism
    atheos= without god

    atheism = a person who is without god or godless.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 4:41 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • I disagree with the quote.  Atheists do believe in themselves probably more so than religious people.


    Answer by beeky at 4:28 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • One who does not believe in any deities.


    Answer by beeky at 3:16 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • To quote Madalyn Murray (later O'Hair) who sums it up nicely: "An Atheist loves himself and his fellow man instead of a god. An Atheist knows that heaven is something for which we should work now - here on earth - for all men together to enjoy. An Atheist thinks that he can get no help through prayer but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue, and enjoy it. An Atheist thinks that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help to a life of fulfillment. Therefore, he seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god.



    Answer by IhartU at 5:10 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • An Atheist knows that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist knows that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated. He wants man to understand and love man. He wants an ethical way of life. He knows that we cannot rely on a god nor channel action into prayer nor hope for an end to troubles in the hereafter. He knows that we are our brother's keeper and keepers of our lives; that we are responsible persons, that the job is here and the time is now."

    Answer by IhartU at 5:10 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • Someone who believes the universe is pretty incredible just as it is. Someone who does good things purely out of the want to do them and not because they are compelled to by a "supreme being."

    Answer by SabrinaBean at 3:31 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • Simple. One who doesn't believe that there's a higher power.


    Answer by momto2boys973 at 3:41 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • Those may be the beliefs of the Hindu's but I don't agree. I think an Atheist is a person who does not believe in any deity. Most put their beliefs in science and the human "spirit" rather then god.

    Answer by spiritguide_23 at 6:56 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • For me personally, I define atheist as one who does not believe in any form of a "higher being". But rather believes in the power of human kind, towards one another.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 8:24 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • without Gods. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:11 AM on Sep. 28, 2010