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Different reasons for being an atheist Intellectual Most atheists would offer some of the following arguments as their reason for deciding that God doesn't exist. Non-Intellectual Many people are atheists because of the way they were brought up or educated, or because they have simply adopted the beliefs of the culture in which they grew up.
So someone raised in Communist China is likely to have no belief in God because the education system and culture make being an atheist the natural thing to do. Other people are atheists because they just feel that atheism is right. Note for philosophers The arguments and counter-arguments are presented in this article in an extremely simplified way and are intended only as a starting point for further reading and exploration.
Reasons focussing on lack of evidence Law of probabilities It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence W. Clifford Many people are atheists because they think there is no evidence for God's existence - or at least no reliable evidence.
They argue that a person should only believe in things for which they have good evidence. A philosopher might say that they start from the presumption of atheism. The presumption of Atheism This is an argument about where to begin the discussion of whether or not God exists.
It says that we should assume that God does not exist, and put the onus on people who believe in God to to prove that God does exist. The philosopher Anthony Flew who wrote an article on this said: If it is to be established that there is a God, then we have to have good grounds for believing that this is indeed so.
Until and unless some such grounds are produced we have literally no reason at all for believing; and in that situation the only reasonable posture must be that of either the negative atheist or the agnostic. So the onus of proof has to rest on the proposition.
It must be up to them: Reasons that treat God as unnecessary Science explains everything Atheists argue that because everything in the universe can be explained in a satisfactory way without using God as part of the explanation, then there is no point in saying that God exists.
Occam's Razor The argument is based on a philosophical idea called Occam's Razor, popularised by William of Occam in the 14th century. In Latin it goes Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate or in English This is usually simplified to say that the simplest answer is the best answer.
Therefore atheists might argue that since the entire universe, and all of creation can be explained by evolution and scientific cosmology, we don't need the existence of another entity called God. Therefore God doesn't exist. What would William have said? William of Occam would not have agreed; he was a Franciscan monk who never doubted the existence of God.
But in his century he wasn't breaking the rule named after him. God was the only explanation available. What William would think if he lived now is another matter Arguments for God aren't convincing Weakness of the proofs that God exists There are a number of traditional arguments used to prove that God exists; however, none of them convinces atheists.
The Argument from Design The universe is such a beautiful and orderly thing that it must have been designed. Only God could have designed it. Therefore since the universe exists, God must exist.
An atheist might refute this by saying that, actually, the universe is not particularly beautiful and orderly.Theism and atheism are an analysis of the existence by atheism positions of belief. Design Arguments for the Existence of God.
Design Arguments for the Existence of God. Estimating the number of atheists in the U. Islam became relevant, is the long and short of it. Suddenly a different ox was being gored by strident atheism, and it was an ox progressivism was a lot less interested in goring.
Positions on the existence of God can be divided along numerous axes, producing a variety of orthogonal classifications.
Theism and atheism are positions of belief (or lack of it), while gnosticism and agnosticism are positions of knowledge (or the lack of it). Ignosticism concerns belief regarding God's conceptual coherence.
Positive atheism (also called "strong atheism" and "hard atheism") is a form of atheism that asserts that no deities exist.
   The strong atheist explicitly asserts the non-existence of gods. Throughout Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, knowledge of the existence of a creator has a crippling effect on the creature as he struggles to reconcile his own perception of himself with his maddening desire for divine approval and acceptance.
It is impossible to ignore the author’s place within her text as Shelly, an avowed atheist, makes a comparison . Michael Martin's Atheism is one of the most comprehensive and exhaustive cases for atheism out there.
The first half of the book is focused on justifying a lack of belief in God (negative atheism) and the second half goes further, justifying a positive belief in the non-existence of God.