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50. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 14, 2013, 00:37 Jivaro
 
Sepharo wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 23:48:
Jivaro wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 23:36:
They simply have faith that they are correct because they have never seen any proof to the contrary.

Uh... lack of evidence of something doesn't mean that you have to have faith it doesn't exist.

I would be interested to know what you would call it then. They can't prove they are right, yet they believe in it. Seems an awful lot life faith to me. "Complete trust or confidence in someone or something." (Merriam Webster) Atheists are convinced they are correct and yet they can't actually prove they are, all they can say is that no religion can prove they are correct. Sometimes they add the "If there was a God wouldn't he show himself once in awhile?". As my English professor in college would say, "Just because everyone else in the room is wrong doesn't mean you are right." I will acknowledge however that an atheist's beliefs seem more plausible then any religion I have ever heard of based on what I have been exposed to via my life experience and science.

As for atheists considering me one of them...well...that is their prerogative I suppose. By the definition of the terms however I am not one and the definition is the only thing I can go by. Atheism is not flexible, it is what it is. To me it seems pretty clear cut based on the fact that if I look in 3 different dictionaries I get the same definition. To be one you have to believe that God or gods do not exist, and as I said, I simply do not know. That is a major difference in beliefs. If people who consider themselves atheists see a grey area that is their prerogative. My atheist friends do not consider me to be one, my protestant family considers me agnostic, and more importantly...I consider myself agnostic. Other people can define themselves however they want, I am very comfortable with how I define myself.

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