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smijer
God is hypothetically possible, but unless we see some better evidence for him, we're going to assume he doesn't exist.

God can be defined coherently so that it is hypothetically possible that he exists, but there is insufficient evidence to believe him. According to some of us, there is sufficient evidence to believe in his non-existence.

ChrisZ

But how do you know for sure that that's what atheism means!?

NiroZ

I'm sure if you asked us, you could go on for pratically forever. I've already got a couple of the nature of quantum phsysics, the belief that things can only be understood through experience/reading the doctrine's to a absurd degree. That Dawkins Quote 'There are no cultural relativists at 30,000 feet' would also make an awesome one.

FormerComposer

Greta -- I'm still learning how FB works but are you planning to somewhere collect the memes? Like an ongoing, updated Notes page or something. Having a central repository would be nice to refer folks to.

 B.T. Murtagh

I do think smijer has a good point; 'God' is so variously defined! Still, sometimes it's pedagogically simpler to lose a little precision.

Sebatinsky

Within a few minutes of posting your meme on facebook, it was re-posted by 2 of my friends who I did not even know were atheists.

Anne

I've been lurking here for months, but I just wanted to speak up and say that this is a brilliant idea. I'm not on Facebook, but I'm going to post this to the journalling services I am on.

Bruce Gorton

For tomorrow, if you can figure out a better way of putting it.

Atheism has no authority figures.

So kindly take this into regard when telling me Darwin said X, or great scientist said Y, that I don't actually care any more than if you said it yourself.

If it is wrong it doesn't matter who said it, it is still wrong.

I will argue with you if you are mistaken, quote mining or lying, but that is more because I am a stickler for truth, than that I actually care that a "Great mind" said something.

Jesse

I like the idea of spreading memes to teach people about Atheism, but I do not like that particular meme. I am an Agnostic Atheist who is not certain or certain-enough. I do not assume (or, I try my best not to assume) anything about the origin of the universe or even the coherency of the concept of the universe having an origin. In a nutshell, my position is: I have not been persuaded to believe, so I don't believe. The meme you have chosen clarifies your position but misleads people about other forms of Atheism.

Madrigalia

What Jesse said.

In fairness, though, I must assume that all the points people bring up here are part of the multitude of memes that you find you need to repeat, hence the decision to start this meme collection. The point of this first meme is not to define atheism, but rather to refute the common accusation that atheists are certain the Christian god doesn't exist. Perhaps if it didn't read like a definition it would be clearer.

I am sorely tempted to form my own list of "favorite" misconceptions about atheism, and I may, but I won't do that here.

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