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Old 09-26-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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Did some research and the magazine was Skeptical Inquirer.
And this has what to do with atheism? You know, atheism, as discussed on Wiki:

Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities.[1] In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities.[2] Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist.[3]

So, tell me how the two are related.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:42 PM
 
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I'd say there are many more people who follow the theistic crowd to fit in somewhere, since it's much larger and more socially approved of in general. The majority blaming the minority for being popular doesn't make much sense, does it?

IMHO, "atheist dogma" is an oxymoron. Atheism is simply nonbelief in a deity. Most atheists favor the scientific method and reason, but that isn't atheism. Nor is it really dogmatic, since findings are open to revision, unlike dogma.
That is obvious. Millions of people follow the theist crown because it is the accepted thing. In a way I applaud atheists for going against the norm. However, as atheism grows, it is becoming an pop culture movement itself. Therefore and pop culture movement will have followers that only do it to be accepted somewhere. As atheist grows you will have more and more "fakes". They are starting to show up more and more each year. They have no reason for wanting to be atheist, they claim to have been something and then suddenly had their eyes opened. I believe this from a few, but to the extent that they are coming out of the wood work... I don't believe it.

Just as many theists claim this and that, but are just repeating what someone else has previously told them.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:45 PM
 
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raison_d'etre....nice to see you've made the choice to "experiment and experience"...now what makes you think an "atheist" can't or doesn't do the same??

I haven't heard of too many atheists who do this. Most of them just read some book or some website.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:45 PM
 
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In other words, it's cool to be a rebel/nonconformist.

Hipster mentality.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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And this has what to do with atheism? You know, atheism, as discussed on Wiki:

Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities.[1] In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities.[2] Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist.[3]

So, tell me how the two are related.
Atheism and skeptics kind of go hand in hand. Not always but I would say 75% of all atheists are skeptics. But then when you think about it, all atheists are skeptic of some form of religion, that would make them all skeptics.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:49 PM
 
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In other words, it's cool to be a rebel/nonconformist.

Hipster mentality.
You would think so, but actually... no. To rebel too much is to be seen as an outcast. I am not trying to rebel against anyone or anything. I am just being myself. I do the things I do for myself and not for the benefit of anyone else.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:50 PM
 
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No, the issue and articles I saw had nothing to do with spirituality, but actual scientifically/archeological accepted works. I love how you attempt to mock my and my beliefs in this way.
How is what I posted mocking what you believe? I believe what the article in Skeptic mag. says about your beliefs....Is that mocking? I prefer to call it disagreement.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:53 PM
 
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Atheism and skeptics kind of go hand in hand. Not always but I would say 75% of all atheists are skeptics. But then when you think about it, all atheists are skeptic of some form of religion, that would make them all skeptics.
Most people are skeptical; certainly most educated people are skeptical.
Does that mean that most educated people are atheist?
I'm missing your logic.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:54 PM
 
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How is what I posted mocking what you believe? I believe what the article in Skeptic mag. says about your beliefs....Is that mocking? I prefer to call it disagreement.
You believe it, but have you actually done your own experiments or experienced it yourself. If you are simply believing what you read, how does this make you any different than most Christians who believe what they read in the bible?
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:55 PM
 
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Atheism and skeptics kind of go hand in hand. Not always but I would say 75% of all atheists are skeptics. But then when you think about it, all atheists are skeptic of some form of religion, that would make them all skeptics.
Yes, I agree.

Although atheists are skeptical of more than religion.
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