I'm Unitarian, and we accept whatever you choose to believe. I don't know any atheists, And have no idea how to describe it in three words, but Wikipedia said it's "rejection in belief". That sounds incredibly wrong.
That sounds a bit strange, but in fact religions also keep you (when you truelly follow the rules) on the right path and prefent you from doing bad stuff. In real life, it does not seem to work this way... But in theorie, if everybody followed a peacefull religion, there would be no war, nobody who fights to gain power and so on and so on. And also, if you would not believe, you can do whatever you want, and live in sin, because there is none who will judge you for it.
Religion does not mean you must ignore all the rest in the world. For myselve, I am a selve claimed sientific-open-minded-believer (if that's the right name xD). I still have not joined any religion, but I believe in God and science. I have a free mind, but will always think about what is good and wrong and that you always should use your brains before action. And the fact that I have not joined any religion, is because they all use strange rules in which I can not find myselve. Also, if there is a book I shall follow, it is the New Testament. Most other books are way too cruel to believe in...
That's quite an interesting thing to ask. We've recently talked about this topic in our religion classes and as far as I got it, there are four different kinds of atheism.
1) Practical Atheism: The exclusion of God/religion from one's life (but not explicitly stating, that one doesn't believe in God). It is possible that one theoretically is believing.
2) Methodical Atheism: When searching for the causes of natural processes, one has to search for the direct natural causes (the second causes) given by the autonomy of the corresponding natural fields. God can be seen as a given first cause, the reason for the whole reality. (E.g. when you believe in the big bang and see it as God's will)
3) Atheism as form of correction of a wrong interpreted theism, possibly a religious person who believes in some form of higher force etc.
4) Actual Atheism: The rejection of the idea that God exists. (e.g. Friedrich Nietzsche)
For me atheism is: Denial of God.
I'm sorry that this is a lot more than three words, but I wanted to share the information.
Atheism is taught, as religion is, and found when God is abandoned. The atheists I know either gave up on God because they think so many horrible things have happened to them that God must not exist, or they grew up in atheist families and it's simply what they were taught to believe.
That's not true. I grew up in a Catholic family, and was raised to believe in god, and I went to a Roman Catholic girls school that in the past used to actually be a convent, and I am still atheist. When I was young, people had brainwashed me to believe in God. I don't know exactly when it was, but at one point I just realized that I didn't believe a word of it. Nothing anyone had ever said ever made me truly believe that there is such a thing as God. I had never believed it to begin with. And no one "taught me" that. For one, I didn't even know anyone who was an atheist, I did not have access to the internet and I only watched TV shows that my parents let me. For the most part of my childhood, I didn't even know that atheism existed. So I realized it on my own. There is no way to "teach someone" their beliefs. Yes, religion is taught, but it is your choice whether to believe it or not.
And I mean no disrespect whatsoever to religious people when I say that. I think everyone should be entitled to believe in whatever they want. If I didn't think that I wouldn't be an atheist, now would I? And I actually greatly admire people who have been able to stick to their faith throughout their whole life. I think that is something to be proud of. There is nothing wrong with being religious in the same sense as there it nothing wrong with being atheist.
Not really, Atheism is the default. Nobody is born believing in God. That stuff is taught.
Anyway, that's rather interesting, The only atheists I know just weren't convinced by religious ideals/ideals/ lack of proof etc. Doesn't sound like these atheists you met have really thought their position through if that's all they are going on.
I would read the Quran and see who really begins wars with other people.
And Catholics...ugh..............the only people who believe in one almight God but totally neglect his own words teachings by appointing a "holy leader" called Pope. Catholics and their vessels to talk to God. WTF. Saints? According to the Bible, all Christians are saints...so what are the Catholics really doing? Martin Luther was right........