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What is an atheist?

An atheist is a someone that does not believe in God (or gods) -- but you already knew that. What you might not know is that most atheists don't think that there is proof that God doesn't exist. Moreover, most atheists hold that, in general, it isn't possible to prove that something does not exist; it's only possible to prove that something exists.

So, in the absence of evidence either way, why not believe in God? Click here to find out...

How is atheism different than agnosticism? Agnostics don't know if God exists. They either think that it is not knowable if God exists, or they simply reserve judgment until they have more evidence. Atheists believe that God does not exist based on the available evidence.

So is atheism just a belief like theism (Judaism, Christianity, etc.)? That depends on the theist! There are many reasonable theists that believe that God exists but they also recognize that they could be wrong; they base their belief on the evidence they have and how compelling they judge the evidence to be. They are willing to reconsider given new evidence. On the other hand, there are many fundamentalist theists who claim that they are certain that God exists, even though they can't produce any reasonable evidence. Rather than believing because of the evidence, these theists hold stubborn, irrational beliefs in spite of the evidence. That type of "belief", which is more accurately labelled "blind faith", is very different from atheists' beliefs about science, and it is very different than any other rational belief, whether about God or anything else.

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