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Old April 30th, 2012 (7:13 AM).
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Originally Posted by CyanFlame View Post
*I'm not atheist but I have a question:*
-What's the difference between being an atheist and not having a religion?-
It depends on the person.

An atheist is someone who lacks a belief in god(s). This may be an active belief ("There are no gods therefore I do not believe them.") or a passive one ("I can't be sure there are gods or not so I can't believe in them.")

Not having a religion is not always the same thing. Some people are "spiritual" and believe in higher powers without specific doctrines/rules of religion. Then of course there are atheists who generally don't have religion, although a few people do attend religious services because of social/cultural reasons even if they don't believe in the spiritual.