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The Religion Poll - Part 2: Atheism

  1. Gnostic Atheist

    2 vote(s)
    9.5%
  2. Agnostic Atheist

    13 vote(s)
    61.9%
  3. Negative Atheist

    7 vote(s)
    33.3%
  4. Positive Atheist

    2 vote(s)
    9.5%
  5. Broad Atheist

    7 vote(s)
    33.3%
  6. Narrow Atheist

    2 vote(s)
    9.5%
  7. Unfriendly Atheist

    2 vote(s)
    9.5%
  8. Indifferent Atheist

    7 vote(s)
    33.3%
  9. Friendly Atheist

    4 vote(s)
    19.0%
  10. Closet Atheist

    1 vote(s)
    4.8%
  11. Open Atheist

    8 vote(s)
    38.1%
  12. Passive Atheist

    8 vote(s)
    38.1%
  13. Evangelical Atheist

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Active Atheist

    1 vote(s)
    4.8%
  15. Militant Atheist

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. Religious Atheist

    3 vote(s)
    14.3%
  17. Non-Religious Atheist

    9 vote(s)
    42.9%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Aug 15, 2014 #1

    micromass

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    Since over 70% did not affiliate with any religion, it would be nice to see what kind of atheists we have here. Here are the explanations of the different categories: http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=6487
     
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  3. Aug 15, 2014 #2

    WannabeNewton

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    Lol who the hell comes up with all these labels? Why can't people just be happy with "atheist" or "agnostic".
     
  4. Aug 15, 2014 #3

    Borek

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    You are asking for too much.
     
  5. Aug 15, 2014 #4

    micromass

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    People love labels :tongue:
     
  6. Aug 15, 2014 #5

    Evo

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    Atheist is a label others apply to me, I do not apply it to myself, therefore, I chose none of the above.
     
  7. Aug 15, 2014 #6

    jtbell

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    :rofl:

    I remember we once had a long discussion/argument here about the meaning of "atheist." I think these options cover all those bases and then some!
     
  8. Aug 15, 2014 #7

    Intrastellar

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    Is there a situation where a religious atheist is not a closet atheist ?
     
  9. Aug 15, 2014 #8

    micromass

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    Yes, I would count myself as that case.
     
  10. Aug 15, 2014 #9

    Intrastellar

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    That is very interesting. So you practice religion when most people know that you're an atheist ? What do you mean by practising religion ? and if I may I ask, what is your reason for doing so ?
     
  11. Aug 15, 2014 #10

    jbunniii

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    I voted as follows.

    Agnostic - I don't believe but obviously cannot know
    Negative - Seems almost the same as agnostic, not sure what is the distinction
    Broad - Except for the FSM of course
    Indifferent - Believe what you want, but don't pass stupid laws restricting others based on your belief
    Closet - Unless someone asks
    Passive - Again, believe what you want, I don't care
    Non-religious - Not sure what a "religious" atheist is - someone who attends a church but doesn't believe?
     
  12. Aug 15, 2014 #11

    phinds

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    Well said. I'm not big on labels either and I feel the same way as you do about this particular issue.
     
  13. Aug 15, 2014 #12

    wukunlin

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    I don't understand what any of the options mean (I think I'm also missing the joke)
     
  14. Aug 15, 2014 #13

    strangerep

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    Once again your list is missing an important category: Extra-Terrestrialist Atheist. I.e., there's no god in the conventional meaning of the word, but there are highly advanced beings from other worlds who hover around our Earth in spaceships which are invisible because they vibrate in a higher dimension. Oh, and they contact special Earthlings via channeling through receptive minds. Sometimes they're even from the future and channel backwards in time to help us, although they not allowed to warn us of specific events because that might change history.

    Pastafarianism is an example of this: those advanced beings are rather different from our human form.
     
  15. Aug 16, 2014 #14
    I guess, I'm your friendly neighbourhood Atheist.
     
  16. Aug 16, 2014 #15

    Matterwave

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    I don't think you can advocate for the inclusion of pastafarianism specifically in the religion thread and then advocate for its inclusion here. It's either a religion or it's not! No cheating.
     
  17. Aug 16, 2014 #16

    Pythagorean

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    Passive, friendly, agnostic atheist... I guess..?
     
  18. Aug 16, 2014 #17
    I would have to be considered a gnostic atheist, because I would have to say that I can say for certain that there's no Spiderman, and since I can't grant the existence of any gods more merit than the existence of Spiderman, it would be inconsistent for me not to say for certain that no gods exist either.
     
  19. Aug 16, 2014 #18
    As ridiculous as it seems to believe in spiderman, I can't bring myself to say he definitely does not exist, and it is for that reason I identified as an agnostic atheist.

    As they say, proof is for mathematics and alcohol - The existence of spiderman is neither :)
     
  20. Aug 16, 2014 #19

    Jonathan Scott

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    To clarify my own position as a Christian Atheist: I wish the Christian God existed, and I like to imagine that he does, for personal reassurance and for the benefit of my excellent Christian friends, but in reality I'm sure he doesn't.

    P.S. Christians also have some great music.
     
  21. Aug 16, 2014 #20

    OmCheeto

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    I'm glad you listed "Evangelical Atheist", as I thought I had made up the term.

    One day, I posted the following, somewhat Rodney Kingish image on Facebook:

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    Most people just clicked on the "Like" button. But two of my "Friends" decided that it was, um....

    and it went on and on......

    I ended the public discussion with the following:

     
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