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Simply put, atheism means the absence of theistic belief. That’s it. It doesn’t mean anything else.
Atheism is not a religion, a philosophy, a worldview, or anything similar. It is not the conviction that there are no gods, ghosts, angels, etc. Rather, it is the absence of a belief that these things are real.
Atheism does NOT require absolute certainty that god(s) do not or cannot exist. Some atheists may indeed claim such certainty. These individuals are sometimes described as “strong atheists.” Nobody disputes the existence of such atheists. The point is that certainty is not a necessary condition of atheism. One who asserts that there “probably” is no god is still an atheist. In fact, one need not assert anything to be an atheist. One need only refuse to accept the theistic belief claim.
You could still believe in the existence of such things as souls, life after death, ghosts, supernatural powers and still remain an atheist because you disbelieve in the existence of God or gods. In practice though, most atheists also reject any supernatural or transcendent reality, usually citing a lack of empirical evidence.
Being an atheist it’s quite freeing. Instead of pushing so hard to do right by an invisible being that seems incredibly narcissistic and bent on making life difficult for everybody, you get to do what feels right to me. You get to live for today, instead of living for a possible afterlife that nobody can even prove is real. You have a freedom of thought that just can’t be achieved within most religions. You become free to consider all avenues of life and make my own sense of things. You don’t have a superior telling me that my gay friends are evil, or that sex without marriage, even with somebody you love completely, is wrong.
Disbelief is the default position — no one is born having a belief. Beliefs are acquired through culture and education. It is not ultimately up to the atheist to justify atheism; rather, it is up to the theist to explain why belief in a god is reasonable. In the absence of such an explanation, theism should be regarded as irrelevant at best, but more likely irrational.
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