Definition of Atheism
Definition of Atheism - How do people define Atheism?
Generally, a definition of atheism includes the belief that there is no God. Many modern day atheists prefer the more positive designation of "Secular Humanist" or "materialist," but the common thread among the different varieties of atheism is a lack of acceptance of theism--the belief that there is a god. The "evidence" for atheism exists in philosophy and ideology. It does not exist in any physical, scientific or testable form.
Interestingly, the atheist is dependent upon the supernatural. Atheism depends on the occurrence of events, which, at least so far, have not been explainable within the natural realm. Among these are the notions of:
- something (the universe) from nothing;
- an effect without a cause
- life appearing from non-life
Definition of Atheism – Necessity of Faith
Contrary to general thinking, the atheist belief system relies on faith too. The atheist faith is not in a "god," per se, but in the hope that natural explanations will someday be discovered for seemingly supernatural events.
In a nutshell, the atheist faith statement is the following: (i) God doesn’t exist because science explains the universe without him; (ii) even if a finely-tuned universe and complex life on earth suggest a first cause/designer, there’s too much pain and suffering in the world to believe in God; (iii) the Bible doesn’t provide any guidance on the subject, because it’s merely a product of myth, legend, and religious control; and (iv) a moral and meaningful life doesn’t require God, anyway.