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what does an atheist believe?
Posted 12/12/14 , edited 12/12/14

radzero wrote:


BTW, she found such talks boring; atheists don't sit around and ask themselves what non-atheist believe.


Man, I used to love getting into thinking and discussing this but i gotta say at this point I couldn't agree more - there is very little as boring to me as discussing my lack of belief and what if anything I believe. Neither interesting nor productive. (Kind of had the same change in feeling over time with respect to other beliefs as well.)
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I believe that people should focus on what is front of them and the things they can accomplish.People can easily become fixated on things, and I see worrying about death and rebirth as such things. If rebirth is a thing then that's all fine and good. If there is a God or gods, that is fine as well. There is no need to kill each other over whether there is 1 god or 50 million, it really doesn't matter if everyone is dead. Everyone dies, so why can't everyone get along like reasonable human beings? That is one reason I really dislike things like racism. We are all people so just grow up, having a different skin color changes nothing, people are biologically the same, so just drop the discussion of superiority of any kind. People shouldn't reject another's opinion because it is different, they should seek to understand the other person and the belief. People should get along and shouldn't be an ass because some else believes something different, this isn't the fourth grade, and everyone has it in them to be a reasonable human being. Just because I don't believe something doesn't mean I should mock another person's opinion or belief. I just should accept they think differently and move on. I also shouldn't try to force-feed them my opinion with a funnel. I really think we should focus on our own issues as humanity rather than have a pissing contest over whose father could beat up whose father and so forth. People are equal and all have the same basic needs, act like you are a reasonable human being please.
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Posted 12/12/14

DarksirenxX wrote:

so specifically guys, if you are atheist what do you believe?
what do you think happens to us after we die? or is it that you believe we are not supposed to know what happens to us after we die?
if you are not an atheist your opinions are welcome but, if you have different beliefs can you state them at the bottom of your post for example

this is the post


(end of post)

-Christian-

or
-Buddhist-

thanks


Atheism just means lacking a belief in a god. I know for a fact what happens after death. Go look at any graveyard. The answer's easy.
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Posted 12/12/14 , edited 12/12/14
Atheism is not the rejection of the supernatural, Atheism is having a lack of belief in a god. An atheist for example can believe in some form of afterlife it just wouldn't contain a god.


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It's called Nihilism, nothing happens to you after death, absolutely nothing.


You can be a theistic nihilist, Nihilism is not the rejection of the afterlife but rather the rejection of meaning. There are also different types of nihilism, for example you could be a moral nihilist who rejects objective morality (really as a moral nihilist you're doubting the meaning behind morality) and still believe in other forms of meaning.

Edit: A moral nihilist would really just reject all forms of morality.
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Posted 12/12/14

LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:



This pretty much sums it up and the other posts answered the question too.


I don't know about that to trust something requires belief. Take this for example, the statement I believe that gravity exists affirms that you cognitively accept the existence of gravity as truth. The inverse of this would be that you don't accept the existence of gravity. Would it be reasonable to say I don't believe in science (Don't accept as true) but I trust it? Though in the end this is all just pointless semantics I just have a personal hatred for when people say things like I don't believe, I know (Where knowledge requires belief).
Posted 12/12/14
If theism = belief in the existence of a god then adding the prefix 'a' would negate the definition. So atheism = lack or absence of a belief in the existence of a god or higher power. /cptobvious


LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:



This pretty much sums it up and the other posts answered the question too.


This isn't to you specifically but I feel the need to point that theism and science are not mutually exclusive. You can be religious and a scientist if you draw a line between your subjective beliefs and the objectivity of scientific endeavour.
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I've baffled people in the past by telling them a simpler truth, that gets me through life. Regardless of what happens after death, you won't find out until you're dead. In which case it's not like you could tell anyone. So try and leave a good impression and a nice world for those who you leave behind.
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Athiests in my experience consider the experience after death to be the same experience as before life. There is a general belief that there is an uncomprehendable nothingness.

I'm not an atheist though. My religion is a really weird one that I've developed over the years taking in personal experience, scientific theory and my own personal theories on things so I actually believe that what we believe is the afterlife is actually the afterlife we get. As I believe that we get what we believe - I'll get a choice and chances are I'll choose to become a god.
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I really cannot answer your first question as I am not an atheist. However the basic concept I have of an atheist is someone who does not believe there is a God. Whether some believe that something happens to us after we die, I'm unsure of. I would assume no, but I really do not like to assume.

I myself am Christian as I believe Jesus was God and died for our sins. I also believe God created the world......I however am skeptical about it being six literal days and the earth being 6000. As I don't know if the Bible means by our time or God's time( the one day to him is 1000 years for us). I do not claim any particular denomination as I find denominations pointless. More on the theological side I am Trichotomist( body, soul, spirit), and I'm somewhat Arminianist and Calvinist as there are things I agree and disagree with both( that would be a lot to go into though). That's all that comes to mind now and I think I basically summed up my beliefs. I will admit I do go by my own understanding than going by what my pastor says. I am very open minded about things and accepting. I am also currently looking more into what I believe and other beliefs as well. I might be swaying to more of a Deist mindset.
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I think you will probably experience some hallucinations caused by body death (unless you were shot in the head or something) that may be caused by neurons firing unable to move your body and will occur until you brain neurons all decay. Everything that you are is in your brain, so like a computer when the CPU dies it's over. The only difference is you can replace the CPU if the board (body) isn't damaged but it will be a different being, not "you".

TL;DR Version: Once your brain goes, it's all over.
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I don't really know, I mean, I'm atheist and it's not that I don't believe in an afterlife so much as I'm open to anything. I believe in science, but I also don't mind thinking about the idea of an afterlife.
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I believe post-death is literally just post-birth. Before you were born, you were dead. There was no consciousness. You did not exist. You were dead for who knows how many years. Billions, trillions, etc. The amount of time you were not alive for is literally unfathomable. Think of the longest span of time you can. You've been dead longer than that. Then, in the blink of an eye, you got lucky and were born. You have approx. 70-100 years of a natural life to live. Then you die. You lose the consciousness you luckily obtained. It doesn't even go dark. You will experience the same sights and sounds that your elbow experiences. None whatsoever. And you'll remain that way for the rest of eternity, unless something happens and you get recreated perfectly with all the same dust that made you originally. Even then, that won't be the you that you are now. You are made of 100% completely different atoms than you were made of 10 years ago.

Like someone said above, I guess I'm a Nihilist.
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Well you asked two questions. I'll answer the one everyone has been answering first as it is the easiest. As an atheist I believe their is no afterlife, just the sweetness that is oblivion and complete annihilation.

Has for your second question of what I has an atheist personally belief. If you meant to ask what the belief system is that I use to get through life since I do not have one based on a God/s, I basically have a belief system that is based upon the philosophy of Nietzsche and Sartre. When it comes to one of the other big questions often asked about life, what is the meaning of life? I find the answer in the words of Satre, life has no meaning, beyond the meaning that we ourselves create for our own lives. The part of us that allows for the creation of meaning is the self, it is that in us that is self aware, what some might call a soul, but it has no spiritual connotations, just the part that knows it is itself and thinks. The self is also responsible for how we perceive the world, but more appropriately put, it is the part of us that constructs our world. I believe in a perspective view of the world, were their are no truths beyond imprerical facts ( things that can be proven with math) and that truth itself is but a false construct created by man to understand the world i.e. the first God. Has for morality, it is also simply a false construct that everyman creates and chooses to belief in of his own volition. The force that drives us, is the will to power, i.e. a manifestation of the selfs want to continually evolve and overcome, becoming better than other men and itself. Those are my own personal beliefs created after reading quite a bit of philosophy, it is heavily based on Nietzsche has I found his writings the most interesting, and Rand, Socrates, Marx, Derrida, Spinoza and others to be lacking.

If you want that paragraph in one line:

What I believe is that truth is God, and truth are the lies that we allow ourselves to believe, because truths are simply false idols of our making.
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Posted 12/12/14 , edited 12/12/14
Technically everyone is an atheist >_>
Since Atheism is literally disbelieving in a god or gods, unless you believe in literally every pantheon, you're an atheist to at least one religion.

That aside, I don't really believe in any gods or higher powers or anything. I also don't particularly care what people choose to believe as long as they're not hurting anyone *shrug*

As for what happens after death, if there is such a thing as a separate "soul" or "spirit" that drives the body then I don't think that it's possible for anyone to know what happens to it once it leaves it's mortal shell. I don't really see the point in trying to figure it out either, what happens will happen and will have no effect on your time here.

I think people should just live their best life.
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