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Atheism Definition

I was curious how many others here subscribe to what I find to be the most accurate definition of atheism, I.e., One who rejects the presupposition that a god or gods exist based on the complete lack of evidence to the contrary.
Too many people seem to believe atheism is a way of life, or complete rejection of a god. But, to me, being intellectually honest is important. And I can no more claim that no god exists than I can claim a flying teapot isn't floating around Jupiter or proving a negative.
That is to say, I can be correct in claiming certain aspects of the Abrahamic God and surrounding stories are fallacious. But, that doesn't mean I can prove no god exists.
Thus, I'm an agnostic atheist only in that sense, but call myself an atheist. In other words, I have not the hubris to claim with absolute certainty that no god exists. Certainly one is not required, but requirement is not requisite for existence.

Cyberiad 3 Jan 13
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I am atheist. I don't claim no gods exist - I just don't happen to have one or want one; life is enough for me.

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Let me stir the pot a bit and see what we come up with:

"I can claim a flying teapot isn't floating around Jupiter "

I can absolutely claim that a flying teapot isn't floating around Jupiter: flying requires air; space has no air. QED.

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Teapots are made by humans. Humans have not been to Jupiter. That which is human that has been to Jupiter, our satellites, are not teapots. Those satellites did not carry teapots as cargo. Hence, there are no non-flying teapots floating around jupiter. QED

"One who rejects the presupposition that a god or gods exist based on the complete lack of evidence to the contrary"

But remember that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. For many years, there was an absence of evidence of Einsteinian relativity but that doesn't mean that Einsteinian relativity was absent.

"But, that doesn't mean I can prove no god exists. Thus, I'm an agnostic atheist only in that sense, but call myself an atheist. "

Please see this thread for why I think the label "agnostic atheist" is contradictory and why I support your labeling yourself as an atheist

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Yeah, same here

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Agnostic Atheist just go hand in hand.. Stating that you don't believe in a presupposition, to me, doesn't mean you totally reject the possibility of it.. but that's just me..

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I have previously answered similar questions elsewhere, but to put it in a nutshell, I am an agnostic atheist.

Atheist because I see no evidence that the claims of theists are true and have found no evidence that a god does or could exist.

Agnostic because I do not know that a god cannot exist in any form in any universe.

But until there is any credible evidence that a god exists then I do not believe.

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