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Straw Atheism January 14, 2008

Posted by Joe in agnosticism, atheism, faith, freethought, media.
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There are many misperceptions of atheism held by those unfamiliar with the subject. I see them propagated on the internet, television, print media and in conversation. They are readily accepted and believed by the religious for a very simple reason: believing otherwise would invalidate a key religious claim.

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Who created God? January 11, 2008

Posted by Joe in atheism, belief, Christianity, faith, freethought, god, logic, science, skepticism, theism.
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This link was posted as a comment regarding a different topic. It is a common argument flung at atheists when a theist seems to realize there is no evidence for the existence of god. It is neatly summarized on the linked page thusly:

1. Everything which has a beginning has a cause.
2. The universe has a beginning.
3. Therefore the universe has a cause.

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What is Faith? (and do atheists have it?) September 25, 2007

Posted by Joe in agnosticism, atheism, belief, Christianity, evidence, faith, freethought, god, logic, religion, skepticism, theism.
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Atheists often define the word ‘faith’ as “belief in something without evidence or int he face of contradictory evidence”. I don’t believe this is really what theists mean when they use the word, but I cannot come up with a reasonable meaning that fits their usage. They seem to use it as a justification for their religious beliefs and as a way to buttress their belief in the face of doubts.

Faith is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as follows:

Main Entry: 1faith
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1 a : allegiance to duty or a person : LOYALTY b (1) : fidelity to one’s promises (2) : sincerity of intentions
2 a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust
3 : something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs <the Protestant faith>
synonym see BELIEF
on faith : without question <took everything he said on faith>

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