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July 15th, 2013
02:50 PM ET

Behold, the six types of atheists

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN) - How many ways are there to disbelieve in God?

At least six, according to a new study.

Two researchers at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga found that atheists and agnostics run the range from vocally anti-religious activists to nonbelievers who still observe some religious traditions.

“The main observation is that nonbelief is an ontologically diverse community,” write doctoral student Christopher Silver and undergraduate student Thomas Coleman.

“These categories are a first stab at this," Silver told the website Raw Story. "In 30 years, we may be looking at a typology of 32 types.”

Silver and Coleman derived their six types of nonbelievers from 59 interviews. We're pretty sure we've spotted all six in our comments section.

1) Intellectual atheist/agnostic

This type of nonbeliever seeks information and intellectual stimulation about atheism.

They like debating and arguing, particularly on popular Internet sites.

(Ahem.)

They're also well-versed in books and articles about religion and atheism, and prone to citing those works frequently.

2) Activist

These kinds of atheists and agnostics are not content with just disbelieving in God; they want to tell others why they reject religion and why society would be better off if we all did likewise.

They tend to be vocal about political causes like gay rights, feminism, the environment and the care of animals.

3) Seeker-agnostic

This group is made up of people who are unsure about the existence of a God but keep an open mind and recognize the limits of human knowledge and experience.

Silver and Coleman describe this group as people who regularly question their own beliefs and “do not hold a firm ideological position.”

That doesn't mean this group is confused, the researchers say. They just embrace uncertainty.

4) Anti-theist

This group regularly speaks out against religion and religious beliefs, usually by positioning themselves as “diametrically opposed to religious ideology,” Silver and Coleman wrote.

“Anti-theists view religion as ignorance and see any individual or institution associated with it as backward and socially detrimental,” the researchers wrote. “The Anti-Theist has a clear and – in their view, superior – understanding of the limitations and danger of religions.”

Anti-theists are outspoken, devoted and – at times – confrontational about their disbelief. They believe that "obvious fallacies in religion and belief should be aggressively addressed in some form or another.”

5) Non-theist

The smallest group among the six are the non-theists, people who do not involve themselves with either religion or anti-religion.

In many cases, this comes across as apathy or disinterest.

“A Non-Theist simply does not concern him or herself with religion,” Silver and Coleman wrote. “Religion plays no role or issue in one’s consciousness or worldview; nor does a Non- Theist have concern for the atheist or agnostic movement.”

They continue: “They simply do not believe, and in the same right, their absence of faith means the absence of anything religion in any form from their mental space.”

6) Ritual atheist

They don't believe in God, they don’t associate with religion, and they tend to believe there is no afterlife, but the sixth type of nonbeliever still finds useful the teachings of some religious traditions.

“They see these as more or less philosophical teachings of how to live life and achieve happiness than a path to transcendental liberation,” Silver and Coleman wrote. “For example, these individuals may participate in specific rituals, ceremonies, musical opportunities, meditation, yoga classes, or holiday traditions.”

For many of these nonbelievers, their adherence to ritual may stem from family traditions. For others, its a personal connection to, or respect for, the "profound symbolism" inherent within religious rituals, beliefs and ceremonies, according the researchers.

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The authors of this study have graciously agreed to field questions from our commenters. If you're interested, please post your question below or tweet it to us at @CNNBelief. 

We'll take the best questions to the authors and the Q&A will be posted in a follow-up article. 

Please try to keep your questions related to the study itself.

Thanks,
Daniel Burke

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. J

    Common belief amongst scientists and atheists is that the universe was a cosmic accident, correct? This 'accident', was a bunch of atoms slamming into one another creating an expolsion that created what we now know to be intelligent life, and, the entire universe as we know it, correct? Ok, here is my challenge: If an atom, or a group of them, can create: brains, hearts, trees, stars, planets, humans, animals...(the list goes on forever) then, try this: create something from nothing. No materials to use, no tools, no elements...nothing. Are you not greater than an atom? Have you not more intelligence than they? You have six days to create another universe...GO!

    September 18, 2013 at 9:31 am |
    • Edward

      This statement implies that atheists believe that your god did this. Since we do not, your challenge is based on a non-factual event and is not a true study in the scientific principles. Your prophet believed he spoke to a god. You now have 2000 years to do the same. I doubt highly this will ever happen, let alone in that time frame. See how misguided this direction is?

      September 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  2. Sami

    "Hi Mom, I am an Atheist".... loool.... sooo?! Are you just saying that to make her proud or disgusted? lool... In any case... it is your loss not her's.... Plenty of room in hell... Welcome...

    September 18, 2013 at 2:19 am |
    • Edward

      See my post on page 74 as to why you need not ever fear going to hell.

      September 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
    • CommonSensePrevails

      Sami, you sound delusional...
      Hate to burst your bubble, but there is no hell. There is nothing to worry about other than trying to make your current life here on earth as close to "heaven" as possible. With the hatred that's seems to be pouring out of you, it sounds like you're in "hell" right now. You should seek Truth, and it will set you free from your prison.

      September 23, 2013 at 12:49 am |
      • Edward

        Totally agree. Sami, there is not plenty of room in hell. See my post on page 74. It explains it well.

        September 23, 2013 at 6:15 am |
      • Hamsa

        No hell? 2015. Be ready.

        January 29, 2014 at 4:28 pm |
  3. modestypress

    I have always been an atheist, with memories going back to age of 10. Most people decide at an early age if they are believers or not, and most stick to their main tendency thereafter. From my perspective, there is no empirical evidence for the existence of God and from an ethical point of view, I have never seen anything that justifies the existence of evil and suffering in a universe created by a perfect and loving god. When believes I know talk about how much they love God, and how important it is to pray to God, it reminds me of people I have known in abusive personal relationships. Even though I am typing this, I am wasting my time. Pretty much everyone reading this already has their mind made up.

    September 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
    • CommonSensePrevails

      You're not wasting your time telling your story! It's important that non-believers speak up and let others know they exist. In the past, we don't speak up for fear of retribution and being ostracized. Hence, believers think since few speak up, most are religious, and that is not true.

      September 23, 2013 at 12:53 am |
  4. Martin

    I honestly have no idea what I am anymore. Honestly I am the type that just doesn't care what happens or where I go after life.

    September 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
  5. felimarie

    I am about 99% sure I am an atheist. I realized it when I had surgery a few years ago and they had me fill out forms and one of them asked my religion. I realized that if I died in surgery I wasn't afraid that I was going to burn in eternal hell fires. I love religion I think it brings people together and church is a beautiful and cleansing thing but I just don't believe in a higher power.Religion is beautiful but some of the most religious people I know are awful people. They do not focus on working on being good loving people and self improvement, they use religion as a shield that protects them from their wrong doing it is unfortunate. Religion needs a massive reset button.

    September 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
  6. Ehsan

    The only Atheist I will listen to is Stephen Hawkins.. He is a well known knowledgeable person.. others are just losers that were too lazy to follow religion and use use Atheism as an excuse to look fancy

    September 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Jonas Jones

      Richard Dawkins is a highly respected scientist on par with Hawkins. They just practice different sciences.

      September 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
    • moarscienceplz

      Riiiight, and you undoubtedly came to this conclusion after careful study of many atheists. (/sarcasm)

      In actual fact, nearly all atheists started out as believers who came to their atheism only after a long, thoughtful comparison of the facts revealed by science and the tenets of their religion.

      September 17, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
      • B Engard

        Good answer! Someone has to always pigeon hole you. As a free thinker, I came to my thinking on my own.

        September 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
        • Grafted Olive Branch

          Likewise – I came to my faith in God and the saving grace of Jesus Christ through my own thinking. It is the only way that made sense to me.

          September 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
        • sam stone

          "made sense" in what respect? how did logic lead you to believe you needed a savior?

          September 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
      • CommonSensePrevails

        I disagree with you that "In actual fact, nearly all atheists started out as believers who came to their atheism only after a long, thoughtful comparison of the facts revealed by science and the tenets of their religion."...
        No one is born a believer; we're all born as non-believers when it comes to religion.
        Most believers start to believe due to indoctrination by parents, friends, family and others – or due to something tragic.

        September 23, 2013 at 1:02 am |
    • sam stone

      i am certain it's a crushing blow to the rest of them, ehsan

      September 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
    • CamDen1

      You are an uneducated fool. Ever heard of Daniel Dennett? Richard Dawkins? Christopher Hitchens? Sam Harris? Atheists have more respected scholars than Christianity has false prophets.

      September 18, 2013 at 3:35 am |
      • Hamsa Rosenberg

        So...that would be one? Yea, thought so...

        September 18, 2013 at 4:23 am |
  7. fernando moctezuma

    DOES ANYONE LIKE TO BUY THE COPYRIGHT/ B.O.A / BRAIN OF THE ATHEIST

    September 16, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
  8. DRJJ

    If you're really after hard evidence and the truth re Christianity, check out: "Why I believe" by Chip Ingram, Living on the edge! It's his very intellectually honest interrogation of the evidence for Christianity-about 4 hrs of the best I've heard in a lifetime of search! He's an MA in Biology and a seasoned Pastor. It's typically free to download, funny and very interesting-if you dare! It's in the archives 1999. Loving God and loving others-what a horrible world view to promote? Thanks

    September 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
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    September 16, 2013 at 4:06 am |
    • Edward

      Behold!!!! Delusion and insanity.......

      September 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
  10. MERCY ON YOU

    Well, if it wasnt for personal experience I would have listened to some of the arguments atheists have posted on this site. Firstly I would like to say that I have so much compassion for someone who has the audacity, the tenacity and the impudence to utter words, like "there is no God" oh brother, sister if u only knew what awaits us a few years from now..u would fall down to your face and ask God for forgiveness...I assure you, God is very very Real and He does exist. The only thing I know is that evey Atheist who has passed away now believes and knows He exists..The only tragedy is that there is only two places people can go after this life..Heaven or Hell and thats not for a hundred years or 1,000 years but forever...The issue is that there is a deceiver, Lucifer the devil, who gets so excited if someone rejects Jesus Christ..Lucifer knows it wont be too long before u will regret your decision and right now..he seems like a friend..showing all sorts of things to support your atheistic beliefs..just seconds after u are dead he will be your biggest accuser...and if you did not have Jesus Christ on your side..you are doomed...its Hell fire forever....I advise that if you have problems believing the Bible..do research and pay a visit to someone who has had a verified near death experience...Your life will never be the same again..or u can watch some testimonies on you tube..or watch a testimonial called "The Lazarus Phenomenon"..God bless you...I love Atheists, I pray that God will save them and open their eyes like he did with me...much Love..God bless you all

    September 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Your special feelings are not proof of god. In fact, there is no proof that your god, or any of the thousands of gods worshiped throughout history actually exist. There is no proof of any satan, heaven or hell or any sort of afterlife. Your emotional appeals may be heartfelt, but they are no different than warnings about the bogie man under the bed.

      September 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
      • Magister

        And there is no proof of the validity of your position, either.
        You atheists are pathetic. You condemn believers for forcing their beliefs on other people,
        then you try to force your unbelief on other people. How are you different from the Inquisition or the Jihad?
        Precisely.......you are not.

        September 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
        • Jimmy

          Atheists don't commit mass murder. That's the difference.

          September 15, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
        • Jim

          or mass suicide for that matter.

          September 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
        • Phil

          Atheists don't commit mass murder?? What planet are you from?? More people have been killed by atheist governments just over the last hundred years than by all of the world's religions put together! Stalin: 7 million, Mao: 50 million, Pol Pot: 1.7 million, Kim Il Sung: 1.6 million, Menghistu: 1.5 million, etc, etc, etc. All Marxists and Atheists. By way of comparison, the infamous Spanish Inquisions only executed 3000-5000 over 140 years!

          September 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
        • atheistthinker

          i propose to you this my dear friend if you look at the word theist it means someone who is a believer in a god or many gods but the definition of atheism or to help you better to understand this A-theism is someone who does not believe in a god or many other gods. humanism is the thing that you should be attacking not A-theism.

          September 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
        • JR

          Phil –

          The people you mention (I noticed that at least you didn't try to include Hitler in your list) may or may not have been atheist, but that's incidental to their story. The killing they perpetrated was done in the name of politics,not in the name of atheism–they weren't persuading masses of atheists that they should kill those who were not atheists.

          On the other hand, there are plenty of episodes where the mas killings were based on killing someone simply because they had different religious beliefs: Christians killing "different" Christians; Muslims doing likewise; Christians killing Muslims and vice versa; Hindus killing Muslims and vice versa; Christians killing Jews (hmm, no vice versa there), etc, etc, etc.

          See the difference?

          September 19, 2013 at 10:33 am |
        • Phil

          They killed their own people out of personal ego, to consolidate power, and to spread their personal beliefs (in this case Marxism). Almost identical in motives to "religious" leaders throughout history. Sorry, not much difference.

          ...except Marxism/Atheism precludes even the possibility of objective moral values since "man is the measure of all things." Leaving only personal codes of conduct among individuals, which can differ wildly. And when two men disagree, the stronger one wins. Atheists claim to abhor "might makes right", but in the end they buy into a philosophical system where....after all the flowery words have been spoken.....people are accountable only to the stronger man. Hence, the horrific bloodshed, cruelty, and indifference to life you see again and again just in the 20th century when there is no one else stronger than "dear leader"

          September 19, 2013 at 11:52 pm |
        • JR

          Phil – Marxism and atheism are two distinctly different ideas, despite your attempt to combine them as Marxism/atheism. If a particular government promotes atheism, it's only to eliminate religion as a potential challenger to its authority.

          Politics and religion are both based on belief, and both have been the cause of most or all of the mass killings throughout history. Atheism is, by definition, the lack of a particular belief.

          I challenge you to come up with one example where mass killing was perpetrated in the name of atheism, i.e., where groups of atheists specifically targeted non-atheist victims–I can come up with lots of examples where members of one religon targeted those who were not of the same religion.

          September 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
        • DC

          To JR's comment about:
          [QUOTE]:
          I challenge you to come up with one example where mass killing was perpetrated in the name of atheism, i.e., where groups of atheists specifically targeted non-atheist victims–I can come up with lots of examples where members of one religon targeted those who were not of the same religion.
          [END QUOTE]
          Wow – this is easy. Humans, by nature, do more (good or bad, not the point) for the sake of something to BELIEVE in than for something to NOT BELIEVE in. There is no mass killings in the name of Atheism because there is not enough "ground" for which to stand to really go to such extreme. Or, there is not enough "reason" Or there is not enough real meaning to stand behind non-belief to show such "effort". If Atheism is so strong, it would have killed/destroyed as well as it would have healed/helped. There is not enough passion to atheism, wouldn't you say? (the vociferous aside, as i am talking about action and not talk). When push comes to shove, you are going to stand up for nothing or stand up for something? (and this question may or may not be rhetorical for some people here)

          September 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
        • JR

          DC – It seems you agree that no mass killings have happened in the name of atheism, but I disagree with your reasons.

          Religion and politics perpetrate mass killings because they have a leader, real or imagined (god, devil, pope, king, dictator, clan leader, etc) who encourages like-minded people to kill those who are different (infidels, blasphemers, wrong tribe, wrong color, wrong ancestors, wrong politics, etc) and promises purity and rewards (or the avoidance of punishment) for doing so.

          Atheism has never had a leader, and has no need of one, and has therefore never been the motivator for mass killing, unlike religion and politics.

          September 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
      • amperamp

        Mercy on You didn't refer to special feelings about God, but to their own personal experience. I'm sure that you and everyone on this blog places value on fact and observation. If Mercy on You had a near death experience, that experience is considered objective since it is part of his/her experience. How is it possible for us to disprove his/her objective experience, or what he/she knows to be fact? Since the God I know is very personal, there is an element of subjectivity and emotion when He reveals Himself to us, but it does not change the fact of what the person experienced. As for myself, one of the most tangible ways that God has exposed Himself to me is when He used a member of my church to completely and instantly heal and renew my hand. As he prayed for me, a warm sensation came into my hand and the issue was resolved. I hope and pray the best for you in your journey to discover the truth.

        September 15, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
      • Me

        I am fascinated by what happen before the big bang theory because nothing existed to make the energy that cause the big bang, which produced everything that came into existence. No proof yet of how and why the source that came from nothingness was created or evolved during none-existence. People don't die and come back from the dead, well there are some medical cases but that's another issue. The people who already died and stayed dead got the true answer; just because we can't prove something it does not mean that it's impossible. Life is from our perspective.

        September 17, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
    • Dennis

      Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus....

      September 15, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
    • sam stone

      mercy on you.....

      fvck you and your empty proxy threats

      September 16, 2013 at 6:49 am |
    • Kate

      Read prophetic Messages at http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com.
      JESUS CHRIST: Shout now from the hilltops. Remind everyone of the Truth. Ignore those taunts. But when explaining to My children how much I love them, do not force your views on them, instead, simply explain that they were created by God the Father. Tell them He sent Me, His only Son to save them, to give them a chance to live eternal life. And then tell them I love them and that I walk with each one of them every minute of the day. Even when I witness their rejection and the evil they do onto others, I Am still there beside them. Hoping they will turn to Me and ask for My help, for when they do I will embrace them with tears of joy and relief. Help Me save those precious souls. Do not let the deceiver take them from Me. They are your family. My family. We are one. Just one lost soul is one too many.

      Thank you, My beloved children, everywhere. Know that I Am with you now in a much stronger Presence, through the Holy Spirit, than at any other time in history. Hold My Hand and walk with Me towards the New Paradise on Earth, which will be your glorious home in the future.

      Your beloved Saviour
      Jesus Christ King of Mercy

      September 16, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
      • Jenna

        Jesus never said any of that mess. You are a false prophet if I've ever seen one!

        September 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
      • sam stone

        free people do not need saviors, kate.

        only slaves need saviors

        so, get back on your knees and blather some more empty threats

        September 17, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • Edward

      It is not audacity to utter the truth.

      September 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
  11. John Battenfeld

    Fifty-nine interviews? That's hardly an adequate sample on which to base such sweeping generalizations. This "study" is simply too intellectually shoddy to be taken seriously.

    September 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Kerrie G.

      I agree, the sample size is way too small. In addition, there are religious/spiritual groups who are are also atheists. Some Buddhists sects is an example. Buddha is not a god to the members of these sects, but a a teacher or enlightened being.

      September 16, 2013 at 11:24 am |
  12. a4mrtheist

    I too would put myself in partially in more than one group. I do not actively "proselytize" unless the issue is brought up.
    I also would add and place myself in another category I call "Spiritual Atheism" as there are things and activities that are what I call spiritual for me like nature etc.

    September 15, 2013 at 9:51 am |
    • Monica

      Spiritual comes from word "spirit" which could be soul, or something that exists beyond the physical realm, it is supernatural. Atheism is rejection of the supernatural. "spiritual atheism" is one of the funniest oxymorons I have ever encountered.. (although I do know what you mean, you're talking about this moderately recent movement – or at least it is more popular now than it has been in decades, usually younger people subscribe to it, it's basically "newagism")

      September 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
  13. rex

    chris chringle was real

    September 15, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • 11

      DId you mean Kris Kringle?

      September 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  14. rex

    actually santa claus was real at one time but not the supernatural one of today

    September 15, 2013 at 9:43 am |
  15. Darkslicer

    I'd say seeker-agnostic fits me best, honestly. I used to be Roman Catholic, but don't follow any of their rituals and traditions. I recognize that there are things we've yet to learn and things we as human beings will never know about the universe, our existence, or even the world we live in. Science is the key to gaining knowledge, but science as we know it is constantly changing as we make new discoveries. We can never 'know' everything. As I see it, the question of whether or not there is a God of some kind will probably never be definitively answered. I also understand and accept that many people have faith that there is a God and that there is a need for spirituality in their lives. I also dislike militant atheists who try to push their non-beliefs on everyone else and act as if they have knowledge of everything. They come off as extremely pretentious and annoying.

    As Socrates once said "The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing."

    September 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
  16. CEBundy

    We'll make a deal when Christians stop enacting legislation based on their beliefs.

    September 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • Ken

      And just let you enact legislation on your beliefs.

      September 15, 2013 at 2:23 am |
    • jamie

      It is the lawmaker that make laws. Not you or I. So how can you say this group did this or this group did that. We are not the (group) lawmaker who vote laws into being.

      September 15, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  17. Robert

    I think religion is nonsense and in a public and policy debating forum will always counter religious sourced policy. To source policy from mythology is destructive. At work and with family I just don't involve myself in many of the conversations. Christians with the gift of eternal life on their side are surprisingly thin skinned and vengeful when you question their nonsense.

    September 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • Jim

      Wonderfully said, Robert.

      September 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
    • jamie

      Wow. You should try to get rid of your hate. Opinions are to be respected. I respect your opinion but don't agree and that is fine.

      September 15, 2013 at 9:14 am |
      • wilypagan

        I don't think it is hate. Looks more like disdain to me...

        September 15, 2013 at 11:06 am |
      • Yash

        Opinion needs to be respected based on its merit. A person can be respected even when he/she adheres to an opinion that is flawed till the time he/she is not using it to harm himself/herself/others and not forcing others to believe in it (e.g. young children who can be easily brainwashed). There is nothing wrong in being critical of someone's opinion and still respecting the person if he/she deserves to be respected.

        September 15, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
      • Leon

        I dont think every opinion is worthy of respect... would you respect every nonsensical or destructive statement of every sect or cult in the world? i dont think so...

        September 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
  18. Ipsecogita

    Those the author is calling "non-theists" are the largest group, not the smallest. They are just the ones that don't go preaching about their beliefs or attacking others for having different beliefs. The other groups mentioned are all smaller, just a lot louder.

    September 13, 2013 at 8:42 am |
  19. clumpymustard

    There is no categorizing atheism. "6 types?" You've got to be kidding... How do you characterize someone who is just a rational thinker that doesn't believe in scriptures that were written before modern thinking? These same "atheists" would also probably tell you that Harry Potter, unicorns, and Santa Claus are equally as unrealistic as God, Thor, Mithra, Zeus or any other "not commonly popular" deity. Atheism is just accepting the natural truth that surrounds us without the use of supernatural things to fill in the gaps. That simple.

    September 13, 2013 at 7:10 am |
    • justanotheratheist

      Exactly! I'd say I'm probably 4 out of those 6 options, none of those things are mutually exclusive. I don't believe in god and I think religion as a whole has shown itself time and time again to be a destructive force. I am politically active and involved in the fight for gay rights and consider myself a feminist, because that's what I believe is RIGHT. All people are equal. It has nothing to do with my atheism.

      September 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
      • worth_every_cent

        Can we take every destructive force that is not associated with a religion and assign them to you, or to one of your causes? Atheism is just another belief system, it is on the same palette as religions, it is just another color. Examine it honestly and whatever is advocated as an enlightened alternative to the primitive religion is itself a faith-based system. You will die without ever knowing the true nature of the universe, as science uncovers dozens of new questions for every answer it provides. You will not live in utopia, as injustice is as prolific as invention. As a child I felt so superior to the ancients with their sun gods and sacred mountains. Now I see a striking parallel between that smug child and the anti-theists today.

        September 16, 2013 at 12:53 am |
        • shelley

          Worth_every_cent, I'm soooooooooooo scared now, I will be going to hell. You religious people are so pathetic. I can't believe United States is still debating this nonsense topic whether there is a god. Rest of the world (other than those even more pathetic Muslim countries) had moved beyond this long ago. Wake up people, you are just driving the world move backward.

          September 17, 2013 at 1:38 am |
    • Ryan

      The point of this blog is to show there are different approaches to atheism.

      September 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
      • Robert

        No; the point of the article is to buttonhole atheists into six neat categories. Typical religiot need to put everyone into a cubbyhole.

        September 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
        • jamie

          I see your point. Although I do not agree with your ideology as a whole.

          September 15, 2013 at 9:17 am |
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