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Atheism is usually defined incorrectly as a belief system. Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods. Older dictionaries define atheism as "a belief that there is no God." Some dictionaries even go so far as to define Atheism as "wickedness," "sinfulness," and other derogatory adjectives. Clearly, theistic influence taints dictionaries. People cannot trust these dictionaries to define atheism. The fact that dictionaries define Atheism as "there is no God" betrays the (mono)theistic influence. Without the (mono)theistic influence, the definition would at least read "there are no gods." (cite)
"The Greek philosopher Anaximander, who lived in the 500s bc, is generally credited as the earliest evolutionist. Anaximander believed that the Earth first existed in a liquid state. Further, he believed that humans evolved from fishlike aquatic beings who left the water once they had developed sufficiently to survive on land. Greek scientist Empedocles speculated in the 400s bc that plant life arose first on Earth, followed by animals. Empedocles proposed that humans and animals arose not as complete individuals but as various body parts that joined together randomly to form strange, fantastic creatures” (Encarta Encyclopedia)
Aristotle, Plato and Socrates all believed that the universe was eternal. In their view it never had a beginning. It was never created. Aristotle believed in spontaneous generation of non-life into life. The Epicurean philosophers were evolutionary atheists, believing in no kind of God. The Stoics were evolutionary pantheists, believing in pantheism, that everything is God. They did not hold to a transcendent creator. This thought dominated the Greek and Roman philosophy. (cite)
I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.Stephen Roberts
What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.Christopher Hitchens
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.Delos B. McKown
Purpose of life
To live life as good as you can. Its not a matter of letting people tell you what is good or right, Its up to you to find meaning in your life. Most Atheists feel that family, friends and the wonder of the universe is more than enough reason to try to live a good, long and loving life.
There is no such thing as a "religious practice" for Atheists. The only thing that makes someone an Atheist is not believing in any Gods. Most Atheists have listened to the God claims from people in just about every religion and the Atheist has come to the conclusion that there is not enough evidence to support these claims and therefor does not believe them.
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