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JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin
I am not a theologian, but if you are .. or even have knowledge, please read on and let me know your thoughts. For the longest time I was taught that an atheist is someone who does not believe in ‘a god’. BUT On more than a few times recently I have heard it defined as not believing in ... john.philpin.com
rcrackley
rcrackley

@JohnPhilpin I wouldn't claim to be a theologian, but I believe your original understanding of the terms atheist and agnostic is correct. However, most theologians would argue that everyone worships something, even if it is not God.

pratik
pratik

@JohnPhilpin For me, it’s both. Don’t believe in god and staunchly against organized religion (although love its music and architecture). I believe in certain core values that are immutable and certain secondary values that I remain open to change. I don’t believe that guidance should come from external (imaginative) entities or rather from your internal values (be good for goodness sake and not coz you want to not go to hell)

hjalm
hjalm

@JohnPhilpin Not a theologian. Have been deconstructing for a long time. I have always thought of an atheist as not only not believing in a god but also willing to defend the idea that no gods exist–especially after hearing from Hitchens, Harris, et al. I’m all about personal agency and I’m trying hard to remove myself from any number of boxes. I’m only willing to state that I’m a-religious.

odd
odd

@JohnPhilpin In the app Terminology, it is defined like this: 1. someone who does not believe in the existence of a god

(Which is what I’ve always thought it was.)

Oxford Dictionary define it like this: atheist /ˈeɪθɪɪst / ▸ noun a person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods: he is a committed atheist.

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mjdescy
mjdescy

@JohnPhilpin An atheist does not believe in the existence of any god. An agnostic believes that the existence of god (or of gods) is unknowable. People can believe in god (or gods) but not in organized religion; they want to have their faith but keep it separate from the institutions that created or maintain their faith's particular teachings. "Religion" can be thought of as an earthly institution that has historically failed many people. That's how I understand it when people say they don't believe in religion. Deists, who believe in a creator god but not a supernatural god that interferes in the universe (or in people's lives), also sort of believe in god but not religion.