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?
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 SabrinaBean at 3:31 PM on Sep. 27, 2010
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Answer by spiritguide_23 at 6:56 PM on Sep. 27, 2010
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Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:11 AM on Sep. 28, 2010