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January 30th, 2013 (6:39 PM). Edited January 30th, 2013 by TRIFORCE89.
Guide of Darkness
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Temple of Light
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Atheism is defined as the absence of a belief in a higher power, generally.
If you find yourself asking for hardcore proof in the existence of said power, you simply don't believe.
I found myself questioning the existence of a higher power since 16.
Therefore, I am an atheist.
I don't think that's accurate. An atheist doesn't question, an atheist "knows" - or is at least as convinced that there is no higher power as a religious person is convinced that there is.
Questioning seems perfectly natural. You can be questioning and still spiritual. But, if you decide that it is not possible for you to
, you're agnostic - not an atheist. To be atheist, you claim to know that there is nothing.
To address the larger current topic, I myself believe in God. And I keep it simple. What I believe is basically summed up in the Apostles' Creed. That's what's important. The controversial hot topics of the day? Do whatever you want, doesn't concern me. Organized religion? Mmm... I take the stance of Homer Simpson. I'm a good person, I try to live my life right. Why do I need to spend my Sundays listening to some old Italian man tell me that I'm going to hell? I do consider my self to be Roman Catholic though. I have some Italian heritage and I appreciate the family traditions and celebrations associated with the sacraments and such. I'm more of what you may think of as being a "cafeteria Catholic".
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