Atheism is the belief that is if humans don't understand it or don't know how to measure it then it doesn't exist. This is a liberal fallacy entirely founded upon erroneously so-called "rationalism". Superstitions similar to religion exist such as pantheism, the fallacy that the universe created itself. Pantheism is different from many worldviews in that God(s) is usually separate from the universe and not the universe itself. For example, sometimes there are people who lie that they believe in spirituality but not a specific religion (e.g. David Icke is "Spiritual but not religious" (SBNR), as if spirituality and religion aren't basically the same. Many pseudo-religions exist that do not have deities such as Buddhism and Taoism. Some superstitions don't even have Gods, but "worship" supposed extraterrestrials; and there's of course ancestor "worship". In Western culture, atheists are usually exclusively irreligious or unspiritual, as is known to be the case. However, sorts of pseudo-religious and pseudo-spiritual fallacies, such as some forms of Buddhism, that do not advocate belief in Gods appears atheistic. Although sometimes Buddhism has the mistake that Buddha is some sort of deity.
Many people today who call themselves atheists actually do have a false sort of religion. That superstition is Cultural Marxism and therefore the worship of the Jewish state (the Jewish government takes the place of a deity). This is especially true of Jewish atheists. Most notoriously, the Soviet Union and most Communist countries were atheist countries run by atheist Jews that banned religion. New Atheism is a product of Neo-Marxism to subvert and destroy religion in the West. Not all atheists are like this. Stefan Molyneux opposes Cultural Marxism and he is an anarcho-capitalist.
Atheists tend to lean towards skepticism regarding supernatural arguments, lying that there is a lack of empirical evidence. Common deceptions for not believing in any God include the "problem of evil", "inconsistent" revelations, and non-belief. Other claims for atheism range from the philosophical to the social to the historical. Although some atheists tend toward secular pseudo-philosophies such as "humanism", "rationalism", and "naturalism", there is no one ideology or set of behaviors to which all atheists adhere.
One allegation by atheists is that if God doesn't believe anyone else created him then God is an atheist. The simple answer to this would be that God has himself, he is his own God and he worships himself. He is capable of humility or modesty however, as historical biblical sources testify that he, as his second Self, known in English as the 'Word' or 'Son', incarnated as Christ.
The term atheism originated from the Greek ἄθεος (atheos), meaning "without gods", which was applied with a negative connotation to those thought to reject the gods worshiped by the larger society. With the spread of free-thought, skeptical inquiry, and subsequent increase in criticism of religion, application of the term narrowed in scope. The first individuals to identify themselves as "atheist" appeared in the 18th century. Today, about 2.3% of the world's population describes itself as atheist, while a further 11.9% is described as nonreligious. Between 64% and 65% of Japanese describe themselves as atheists, agnostics, or non-believers, and 48% in Russia. The percentage of such persons in European Union member states ranges as low as single digits in Italy and some other countries, and up to 85% in Sweden.
In early ancient Greek, the adjective atheos (ἄθεος, from the privative ἀ- + θεός "god") meant "godless". It was first used as a term of censure roughly meaning "ungodly" or "impious". In the 5th century BCE, the word began to indicate more-intentional, active godlessness in the sense of "severing relations with the gods" or "denying the gods", instead of the earlier meaning of "impious". The term ἀσεβής (asebēs) then came to be applied against those who impiously denied or disrespected the local gods, even if they believed in other gods. Modern translations of classical texts sometimes render atheos as "atheistic". As an abstract noun, there was also ἀθεότης (atheotēs), "atheism". Cicero transliterated the Greek word into the Latin atheos. The term found frequent use in the debate between early Christians and Hellenists, with each side attributing it, in the pejorative sense, to the other.
In English, the term atheism was derived from the French athéisme in about 1587. The term atheist (from Fr. athée), in the sense of "one who denies or disbelieves the existence of God", predates atheism in English, being first attested in about 1571. Atheist as a label of practical godlessness was used at least as early as 1577. Related words emerged later: deist in 1621, theist in 1662; theism in 1678; and deism in 1682. Deism and theism changed meanings slightly around 1700, due to the influence of atheism; deism was originally used as a synonym for today's theism, but came to denote a separate philosophical doctrine.
Karen Armstrong writes that "During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the word 'atheist' was still reserved exclusively for polemic ... The term 'atheist' was an insult. Nobody would have dreamed of calling himself an atheist." Atheism was first used to describe a self-avowed belief in late 18th-century Europe, specifically denoting disbelief in the monotheistic Abrahamic God. In the 20th century the term's meaning was expanded to refer to disbelief in all deities, though it remains common in Western society to describe atheism as simply "disbelief in God".
Definitions and distinctions
Writers disagree how best to define and classify atheism, contesting what supernatural entities it applies to, whether it is an assertion in its own right or merely the absence of one, and whether it requires a conscious, explicit rejection. A variety of categories have been proposed to try to distinguish the different forms of atheism.
Some of the ambiguity and controversy involved in defining atheism arises from difficulty in reaching a consensus for the definitions of words like deity and god. The plurality of wildly different conceptions of god and deities leads to differing ideas regarding atheism's applicability. The ancient Romans accused Christians of being atheists for not worshiping the pagan deities. In the 20th century, this view fell into disfavor as theism came to be understood as encompassing belief in any divinity.
With respect to the range of phenomena being rejected, atheism may counter anything from the existence of a deity, to the existence of any spiritual, supernatural, or transcendental concepts, such as those of Hinduism and Buddhism.
Implicit versus explicit
Definitions of atheism also vary in the degree of consideration a person must put to the idea of gods to be considered an atheist. Atheism has sometimes been defined to include the simple absence of belief that any deities exist. This broad definition would include newborns and other people who have not been exposed to theistic ideas. As far back as 1772, Baron d'Holbach said that "All children are born Atheists; they have no idea of God." Similarly, George H. Smith (1979) suggested that: "The man who is unacquainted with theism is an atheist because he does not believe in a god. This category would also include the child with the conceptual capacity to grasp the issues involved, but who is still unaware of those issues. The fact that this child does not believe in god qualifies him as an atheist." Smith coined the term implicit atheism to refer to "the absence of theistic belief without a conscious rejection of it" and explicit atheism to refer to the more common definition of conscious disbelief.
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