So recently I have noticed several threads where religion has been debated hotly (as im sure most of us have noticed :P). One thing I have noticed that is a minor irritation and repetitive occurrence in these threads are as it says in the title.
People due to what ever reasons, whether media misinformation or ignorance or lack of experience etc. Have several times have misunderstood the position of what atheism is and what being an atheist means.
Because of this I thought should start a discussion to help people understand it better.
1.Atheists are making a claim
This is the biggest so I thought i may as well start here. Its a false statement.A disbelief is not a claim due to not being a belief its a non-acceptance of any gods and supernatural claims due to lack of empirical objective evidence and due to the lack of evidence they find it improbable. Which is the key here, finding something improbable isn't a claim, finding something impossible is. Which some atheists do claim but that's a personal claim not an atheistic one.
Also its silly to suggest they are making a claim or even ask them to provide evidence of their disbelief due to the fact you cannot disprove a negative. For a better explanation of Negative claims see Russell's teapot
Russell's teapot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Which Tiny provided in another thread and is very well known philosophical argument.
2. Atheists/Atheism hate religion
In short being an Atheist doesn't make you hate religion, I admit some atheists do I personally find large organised religion distasteful while not necessarily hating the people involved.
Thinking all atheists hate religion is kinda like assuming anyone who is disbelieving in Santa or the Easter bunny hates them. They might but its a personal choice one that isn't based on whether or not you are an atheist.
3. You need faith to be an atheist
Really short on this one =) as its a sub-point i missed on the first one.
As a christian or Hindu or Shintoist, Timelord, w/e you don't need faith to for example not believe in unicorns. As we can clearly show its very improbable that they exist due to lack of evidence but of course we can disprove whats not there =).
4. All Atheists are the same or Atheism is a uniting factor
I find this one quite odd its one i have personally experience a few times, when a person has made the claim that atheism is just another religion or we are all the same or we all act the same etc etc.
Nothing could be further from the truth the only similar factor that atheists have at all is their disbelief. Maybe many are more inclined towards logic and rationality but not all, because of this and they way different people can interpret data though their own logic filters. When they do form a community if at all its often full of debates and different ideas and very wonderful fractious environments. Due to the fact atheists can come from background or life experience due to it not being a belief system just a lack of one.
Thats all i can think of for now would appreciate if anyone can point out anything they think I have missed. Sry about the grammar errors.
and on a side note we where all atheists once as children before we where taught anything.
Also interesting Map i found on Wikipedia while researching
File:Atheists Agnostics Zuckerman en.svg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia