The subject question actually came from a slightly more detailed one from the Quora site Do atheists separate themselves from other atheists in their forms of atheism as far as motive is concerned?
A certain Nev Anderson replied:
“Do atheists separate themselves from other atheists in their forms of atheism as far as motive is concerned?”
Simple rule, when religions assert anything to their own benefit, it is guaranteed to be WRONG.
Atheism is a word that relates a Non Belief in gods.
Like the word Tall, it has one association, and does not define any individual.
The test for Atheism is: “Do you believe in gods?”.
The answer “No” equates to Atheist status.
How many forms of Atheism arise from the word “No” ?
Atheists do not tend to gather as Atheists, just as Non Golf Players do not gather together. There is no incentive to do so.
I, Ken Ammi, replied:
Your simple rule is not only based on merely asserting implied hidden assumptions but is a form of the genetic logical fallacy (which, I realize, does not matter on Atheism).
Also, that “Atheism is a word that relates a Non Belief in gods” is myopic since the other Atheist denomination would insist that Atheism is a word that relates a positively affirming God’s non-existence. Thus, there are two main forms and various sects.
Friend, that you actually assert, “Atheists do not tend to gather as Atheists” means you are shockingly unaware of Skeption, Reason Rally, Humanist “churches,” and many other Atheist celebrity events, lectures, etc., etc., etc.
As for “There is no incentive to do so” sure there is, for example the basic Atheist modus operandi which is that Atheism is essentially an anti-Christian support group.
Sarah Dillon replied:
As atheists don’t believe in any gods (just one more than the number you don’t believe in), I struggle to see why you think they’d be actively against just one of the many religions.
Odd, it seems that there’s no way to reply to your reply so I’m attempting a reply by replying to your original comment again.
I’m unsure what “atheists don’t believe in any gods” has to do with what I wrote but that “the basic Atheist modus operandi which is that Atheism is essentially an anti-Christian support group” is just a fact (not that facts matter on Atheism).
Well, that was that since neither one ever relied.
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