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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. Least favorite argument

    This is a side comment from the article but my least favorite religious argument is from people who say there is or is not a God because of political reasons. Politics do not now, nor will they ever determine if something "exists".

    July 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
  2. Debbie

    The Apostle John says in the bible: he who has the Son has life and he who has not the Son of God has not life but the wrath of God abides on him.

    It is time to wake up and realize you are only a breath away from... Eternity.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      Why would you even want to believe in a god that is such a m-r-n?

      July 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
    • tallulah13

      We are all just a breath away from... eternity. There isn't a shred of evidence for any god or devil or any afterlife of any kind. There is no reason to believe that our deaths will be anything other than...eternal.

      July 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
    • Elise

      Ooga booga.

      July 16, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • Ready Teddy

      Why are Christians so egomaniacal as to believe they get to live forever in wonderland, and everyone else is tortured? That's so arrogant and greedy and spiteful. Honestly, aren't those the very people who don't deserve such reward?

      July 16, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
      • Mathews

        so your saying that you want to live a life of sin, kill, murder, steal, sleep with many women – and the go to heaven? But since God wont let you in because of all these sins, you refuse to believe in Him?

        July 17, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • Troy

      The bible says yall atheist will drown in the holy wrath of god! I know the bible is true Because it says so right in the bible!
      Amen.

      July 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
    • Least favorite argument

      You can't argue that something proves itself to be true.

      July 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
    • illusive

      Yep, see you in Tartarus, I will be in the Elysian fields because I believe in Zeus,

      want proof of Zues? Lightning

      July 16, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
    • Betsy

      "Religion is the opiate of the masses."

      July 16, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
    • Tom Wilson

      Written by the same guys who said the earth was flat.

      July 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • Randy M

      You really need to draw the difference between those who don't know and those who know and chose the other way. Matt. 25 paints a picture of the judgement day in which non Christians will have a chance. They will be judged on there own beliefs and they will be found guilty of not living the life that they know they should have lived. It is possible to get to heaven with out accepting Jesus on the earth but I would not personally risk it. You cannot sin without knowledge (read romans chapter 5) but you will be judged on the knowledge that you do have. And I know that most people are like me and they cannot live to the standards that they themselves believe in. But true Christianity is such a lovely way to live your life. I have given up nothing to live for God. I'm happier, healthier and a better person. That is part of the lie that you are giving up something. No you are not. The true way of Jesus Christ as written in the gospels is the best way to live your life. You can have God's joy in this life and have a personal relationship with God himself. You don't believe me fine read the bible for yourself. Read the Gospel of John and Romans and take time to understand it. Then you can make an informed decision on Christianity. No need to listen to preacher or relatives go straight to the source. Just get an easy to read translation even if its not perfect it will get you enough information to really know who God is.

      July 16, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
      • Tim

        Consciousness is what drives us, not a god. Consciousness is what makes us who we are! We're all apart of the same field of Energy: Life. Yes, I believe Jesus was a real human being, but definitely not god. That's insane! Then we have so-called "Christians" who don't even know what being a Christian means! Being a Christian means you believe in what Jesus taught: he taught us to look within ourselves, not with out. Jesus, along with the Buddha, taught Peace, Love, Compassion and Understanding.

        How dare you call yourself a "Christian" and try and force YOUR beliefs on others!!! Your biblical preachiness does no good; it hurts and is hate filled. No wonder people hate you, you're always trying to force YOUR beliefs onto others! Is that what Jesus taught you? Seriously?! You're sick and wrong!

        I'm not an atheist, I just don't believe in a god. It doesn't make sense: why would there be so much hurt and suffering in this world if there was one? Again, I believe in Consciousness. We were all born with It: Energy/Love/Force/Power/etc.

        Also, the bible (and no, I won't capitalize it) is just a bunch of stories made up centuries ago that were voted on by the church! Don't forget: the bible has been translated a thousand different ways, taken from, added to, embellished, etc. So who says the bible is infallible? Huh?

        I believe that there are true Christians out there: ones who care for people, ones who look within and see just how precious and powerful we truly are.

        If you're truly listening, then take some time and listen to this: http://youtu.be/d9fC3flXY5g It will give you a better idea of who we really are.

        July 16, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
  3. Dan

    Hi, im kindof a mix of Ritual atheism and Non-theism if that's possible. meaning that religion has absolutely no part in my life but I still put up a tree around Christmas

    July 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • Ready Teddy

      I still celebrate Christmas too, but there is not an bit of religion in it. It's a family day, spoil the kids, have a meal, see relatives I rarely see.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
      • Azzak23

        Christmas and Easter are not Christian holidays, or at least they didn't start that way. They were around long before the Christians were. They are Pagan holidays.
        Of course you can always believe bunnys and chocolate eggs have something to do with Jesus if ya like.....

        July 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
        • Ready Teddy

          I know, but I am not celebrating anything Celtic or Roman or all the other cultural influences either. It's just a party day.

          July 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
  4. Richard Diaz, Sr.

    The Bible says, "It is the fool that says in his or her heart, there is no God." A Christian believer when they die have a place to go sadly, the atheist is all dressed up and has no eternal future except to pay for their un-belief and arrogance.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      You're so full of poop, you stink, Ricki. There is no afterlife. God does not exist.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
      • 3cpreaching

        Prove it. Oh, wait, you can't. Belief and Unbelief are both positions of faith. It's just a matter of your presuppositions.

        July 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
        • Tom Wilson

          Not true!
          All positives can be proved but not a single negative can be proved!
          If there is a god, prove it, have him get on TV and broadcast to the world without using the antennas. I say there is no god or gods, but I can't prove it because that is a negative statement!

          I can say there is another blue planet out there, 63 light years away.. And yes, that is a provable statement. Now if I were to say there is a green/orange planet out there 43 light years away. You could not disprove it nor could I prove it. So where does that leave us?

          July 16, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • illusive

      "And anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell."
      Matthew 5:22

      Damn that unclear book of multiple choice.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
      • ttwp

        It's pretty clear that it is God who is calling that person foolish.

        July 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
        • illusive

          God is now damned to hell.....I like this visual

          July 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
        • Elise

          It is clear that God is saying anyone who SAYS "you fool" is actually the foolish one. Why would God say "anyone?"

          Perhaps God is calling out hypocrisy.

          July 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
        • illusive

          or Matthew 16:19
          Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven."

          It has been said, here on earth that calling someone a fool send you to hell....Oops...rule applied to heaven now..awesome

          July 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
    • illusive

      Also what you are referring to is called Pascals Wager, problem is...what if you have been worshiping the wrong god....straight to Tartarus for not believing in Zeus.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      and why should one care about what the bible says?

      July 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Of course the bible tells you that you are a fool for not believing the bible. The authors were trying to convince you to believe what they wanted you to believe. The only fools I can see are the ones that fall for such blatant circular reasoning.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
      • Tom Wilson

        Well said, I agree !!

        July 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
    • Troy

      Threatening an Atheist with hell, is like threatening a grown up that Santa Claus is going to bring them Coal.

      July 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
      • Maria F

        Troy, you've made my day. This is the best comment on the whole thread! Nails it down perfectly. Cheers!

        July 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
    • Aubrey

      Nearly every day we discover new planets, solar systems, stars, etc. When I was growing up, there were only 9 planets in the universe. Now, the number of confirmed and estimated planets is in the billions and we haven't seen a fraction of the universe yet. To think that some god early humans came up with is in control of everything in this universe and that humans and earth life are the only life in this universe is both absurd and naïve. When we finally come up with proof of life on another planet(s) will that finally sway some of the religious extremists...probably not, they'll come up with a way to explain it as part of god and Jesus' plan to not tell us about it because it was none of our business or something and we should just "have faith." It takes just as much "faith" to not believe, as it does to blindly follow and believe.

      July 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
  5. Becca

    I am the type of Atheist who believes there is no existence of any higher fictional power. I will not denounce ones religion but I will not join in unison in regards to the matter. I believe to each is own and as long as you do good you will feel good.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • MBT

      Amen, sister.

      July 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  6. Eric

    The most dangerous atheist is the "Activist Atheist". There is nothing wrong with being a skeptic, however keep your influences and beliefs to yourself. True wisdom is self-discerning, you don't need a book, or someone else to tell you what to believe in. This should be the first rule in living.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
    • Ready Teddy

      I see what you are saying, but considering the strong bias against and occasional mistreatment of atheists in this society, don't you think that like African Americans and gays, activism is a necessary thing, even if it is not ideal?

      July 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
      • Eric

        You are right, however those types of activisms are more social, unlike the different beliefs in the Creator.

        July 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
        • Ready Teddy

          But if it is society biasing against you, then the problem for atheists is societal too. Is bias and mistreatment somehow more acceptable in matters of belief?

          July 16, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
        • Eric

          I'm with you Ready Teddy... However we both know the answer to your question should be No. Resentment, Bias, Mistreatment, Ex-communication in a Society should never be allowed. This only displays ignorance, to such a society, and violates my own personal laws, of kindness, humility, and acceptance. If I may take a quote of the Godfather..."so long as your business interests do not interfere with mine, I have no problem."

          July 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
    • Tom Wilson

      How about we also keep all of the believers thoughts to themselves ?? So if the Athiest has to keep his own thoughts to himself, so should the believer, What say you ???

      July 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
      • Eric

        I'll answer this way. If someone is lost and asks for directions, will you not show them the direction? It is after-all their choice to believe if your directions are correct, or if it will lead them off a cliff.

        July 16, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      There is nothing wrong with being a believer, however keep your influences and beliefs to yourself.

      July 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
    • Elise

      Eric, for example, there are political offices that atheists specifically are barred from holding. In this light activism is called for. I don't see a particular problem with fighting for equality in this instance.

      July 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
      • Eric

        In that sense your are right. According to the author the Activist Atheist was defined as someone wanting to tell the world how wrong religion is, and how we would better be without it. I have a problem with this, in the same manner as a fundamentalist religious believer. We need less people trying to radicalize the population with zealot beliefs, whether it be in the belief in a higher being or un-belief. To answer your question, I don't believe in ex-communicating anyone out of a job or society because of their beliefs. If I were to live in a society that persecutes, I would do my best to change it, or eventually move with like-minded individuals.

        July 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
    • Stephen Jones

      Dangerous? When was the last time an atheist tried to erase someone's civil rights or shoot them in the head (just two of many atrocities) because atheism told them to?

      July 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
      • Eric

        To clarify, dangerous as opposed to the other forms of atheism. If a society has moved to a location, to follow God for example. What gives activist atheists the right to change their schools tradition of mentioning God in the public school? This is to assume that the atheist does not even reside in that society or county, but just wants to ruffle feathers. And I would include radical religious zealots also, so there will be no bias in opinions.

        July 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
  7. ttwp

    In the end there are two categories that matter. Those who believe, love and trust in Christ and those who will be eternally separated from Him. Repent and be saved...He loves you!

    July 16, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Twerp, you're so wrong. Do you also believe in unicorns, leprechauns, and the Tooth Fairy?

      July 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
      • ttwp

        Have you've never read, He who trust in Me (Jesus) will never be put to shame.

        I'll stick to trusting in Jesus. He's never failed me.

        July 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • tallulah13

      There isn't a shred of evidence to support the existence of any god or any devil or any type of afterlife. All the evidence points to a single ultimate conclusion: We will all die. Everything about us cease to exist, our bodies will decompose or be cremated, and eventually the majority of us will be forgotten. Anything else is just wishful thinking.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
  8. JB

    It's hard to pin down any one form of atheism or agnosticism I'd fully identify with. Many people would consider me an agnostic, as I don't rule out the existence of a god or gods or some sort of innate spirituality, but I'd consider myself an atheist in that I don't believe in any of those things because I've never seen any evidence. However, I know people–very sane, seemingly credible people–who have supposedly had very blatantly supernatural experiences. I can't argue that they haven't indeed had those experiences, but again, I've seen no real evidence of the supernatural or an afterlife or ultimate creator in my life. I don't claim to know any more than the next person when it comes to those things, but I think I'm comfortable with not knowing as much as I am with the possibility of discovering something closer to the truth, whatever it may be.

    Maybe that makes me a "seeker", but I can identify with the intellectual atheist, the non-theist (as I can go for long periods of time without even thinking of religion), and the ritual atheist. I guess my only real belief is that if another person's religious or spiritual beliefs aren't hurting anyone (which they can, in a variety of ways, but certainly not always), then it doesn't hurt to be respectful of them, regardless of your differences.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
  9. Jim Valentine

    Ritual Atheist seems to fit me the best. I've never viewed religion as having any value to me but I have sought after philosophies that help me be a better person. I am not ritualistic, however. "Holidays" that bring the family together and help to create a better and more cohesive family is a great idea that will always transcend any religious fantasy that those 'rituals' may be associated with. Regardless, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because we should all take a moment to be thankful for simply being alive. Similarly, my birthday, in my mind, is more of a celebration of my parents bringing me into the world, not a celebration about just me. I'm thankful for my one life and will always seek after truth and seek to be a better person inside and to help others become better people too.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
  10. wiley945

    In every book of religion there are the good the bad and the ugly. How do we chose which is the good and the bad. The ugly is easy. Those are the groups that destroy others for their different belief.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
  11. illusive

    All of the above plus more depending on conversation and mood

    July 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
  12. Tom Wilson

    Are Mormons followers of Smith ?? Or do they believe in a god or gods ??

    July 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • Diogenes

      They are considered Christian, and believe Smith was a prophet.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
      • Tom Wilson

        You say Mormon's are considered to be Christian's ?? Who did the considering ?? Were any of the Mormons flat earth believers ?? Did any of think that if you walked to far you would fall off the planet ?? If all the Mormon's in the world were to take they money they give their church and buy food for the suffering children, how many lives would be saved ?? I think money will save more starving kids than all the gods in this world.. JMHO ??

        July 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
        • Elise

          I will repeat it for you, because you seem confused. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are considered Christian, and Smith is considered a prophet.
          What YOU consider them is an entirely different story, and your 'no true Scotsman' gibberish is just religious bigotry on your part.

          Feel superior now?

          July 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
        • Tom Wilson

          Isn't there a fanatic religious group who speaks Gibberish, and the more and the louder they speak, the better seat they get in Heaven ?? You still did not answer my question of who considered the Mormons as Christians ?? And why could they have not just considered themselve and made a flat out statment ?? Does not compute !! Please don't lie to me because you will go to hell if you do !! LOL

          July 16, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
        • Dippy

          Easy on the question marks, Tom. And don't put a space before punctuation. And don't use apostrophes to form plurals. Maybe you should try fifth grade again. But stay awake this time.

          July 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
        • Tom Wilson

          If I have to go to the 5th grade, it will be for the 1st time, I did not go to school past the 4th grade and that was at Amboy Kellogg number 5. I had to help support the family and started a small business when I was extremely young. I did not learn the proper way to communicate in our language. But I did do very well after that time, I have Patents in the electromagnetic field, and have made a tremendous amount of money in my life... So the lack of proper English has not held me back. 🙂 In 1954 I built and demonstrated a method of modulating a incandescent beam of light for communications. And I was also able to sign the paychecks of the many employee's of AEF Mfg Co. Inc. Back in the 60's-70's. So there !!!!

          July 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
    • illusive

      Essentially the "New New Testament" with a new angel and everything.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
    • bertbullough

      Yes to all three

      July 16, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
    • niknak

      But with the good part of Islam in that you can have multiple wives who will be your slaves so you don't have to work much.
      And that whole part about getting your own planet that you can be god over when you pass on.
      They opened one of their creepy missions near my place, and those creepy kids with name tags pass by about once a month to try to talk to me about god.
      Mormonism is some creepy stuff practiced by some ever creepier peeps.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
  13. Kenrick Benjamin

    Well we have approximately 6 major religions, no surprise.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
  14. marina

    Activist

    July 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
  15. Jeff

    I used to be 1, 2, and 4 (pretty aggressive). I'm an academic, and now a Mormon.
    I was an atheist for a long time for the same reasons Curtis cites above.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • Stephen Jones

      Wow, that's a big shift. You didn't suffer a brain injury did you? Just kidding...maybe.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
      • kerfluffle

        big shift?

        or another lie

        i cannot fathom being willingly in the shadows of ignorance after basking in the light of truth

        mormonism...yeah...golden plates under a rock in upstate new york that disappeared after a known felon and shyster found them

        legit, right?

        July 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      What evidence did you see that convinced you of a god? Why Mormonism – although it is not anymore ridiculous than any other religion, it's history is pretty well known and not lost in antiquity as most of the others. I don't see how anyone could find Joseph Smith convincing given his story.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
      • niknak

        His wife bought it and let him bang her niece.
        Pretty clever ruse to get some young tang, and do it right in front of first wife too.

        July 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
    • niknak

      What's wrong Jiff, heaven was not enough for you, you need to have your own solar system when you die?

      July 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Did you fall and bump your head?

      July 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • Ready Teddy

      I have always found that those claiming to have been "atheists" who became religious were never actually atheists. When you talk with them, it invariably turns out that they always believed but were mad because something happened and God didn't act they way they wanted him to. As examples here, Austin and, crud, I forget his name, swore Noah's Ark was absolute fact, but both of them repeatedly claimed they were atheists, but then claimed they always believed, but kept insisting they were atheists.

      I imagine there are a few true atheists who actually have gone to religion, but the vast majority claiming it always believed and were either angry at something or had just downgraded their participation. And there is so much status in the Christian world to claiming that you were once an atheist and now are "found" that they morph their story to fit.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
      • Randy M

        No doubt there are charlatans in Christian circles. It peeves me that baby Christians listen to them and give them their money.

        July 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
        • MARK

          They are all fakes. They hide the real bible. Get people to read it without help and you get atheists. The stories are just stupid.

          July 16, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
  16. Debbie

    When non believers stand before God... THERE WILL BE NO DEBATE WITH GOD.. HE WILL HAVE THE ONLY SAY WHICH WILL BE....
    DEPART FROM ME, I NEVER KNEW YOU, YOU WILL GO INTO A 'LOST ETERNITY'. YOU SENT YOURSELF TO A LOST ETERNITY BECAUSE YOU WERE STUBBORN AND LIFE WAS ALL ABOUT YOUR PHILOSPHY AND VAIN DECEIT AND INGORANCE IN THE MERE FACT THAT YOU KNEW IT ALL.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • Neo Atheist

      What ever you say what ever gives you comfort at night. Still wont convince me otherwise even if you type it all in caps.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
      • Ready Teddy

        I always think of all-caps as hysterical screaming, which definitely fits with the people who use it.

        July 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
    • Tom Wilson

      I really get a kick out of people who think they know how god or gods think. Looks to me like these types of folks really want to become a god them selves...

      I think, therefore you are !!!! LOL

      July 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
      • Neo Atheist

        They claim that god is unknowable but yet know a lot about him and what he wants. Kinda funny isn't it?

        July 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
        • ttwp

          You can know God. Even Jesus testified to the possibility of knowing God.

          "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." John 17:3

          July 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
        • Mathews

          Exactly like an atheist who claims he knows about the universe and yet cannot prove anything about the universe.

          July 17, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • illusive

      What god? Sure would suck for you if you have been worshiping the wrong god this whole time. Straight to Hades with you for not believing in Zeus.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
      • Neo Atheist

        At least we know more about Zeus than "God". Zeus, I could worship him. When he's mad you get a lightning bold up you rear so at least you know it. With God its "Well, you might get damned for all eternity so you should do good, just in case"

        July 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
      • illusive

        I know, gods these days are so uninteresting, bland, and boring, the stories of old gods are way cooler..especially the trickster gods like Loki, Anansi and coyote. (Very well read up on as many theologies and gods as I can)

        July 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • Seventh Dwarf

      Will God speak in all caps without punctuation? Seems kind of embarrassing for an omniscient and omnipotent being.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • Jeff

      Moron. It said "Are you an atheist? Tell us what kind below" it didn't say "Preach your brainwashed bull" below.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
      • Neo Atheist

        She's the elusive 7th type of Atheist. You know, the one who believes in god and types in all caps to get her point across. A rare and mystical breed that one is.

        July 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Pascal's Wager is a poor argument – there are other possibilities that it ignores, for example – there is a god but it's not yours and it sends you to hell, there is a god and it's yours but knows you weren't sincere and it sends you to hell, and there is a god and if it considers you've lived a righteous life will allow you into heaven.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • niknak

      @ Dubbie,
      If in fact there is a god, and I have to stand before it, I hope I can at least spit in it's face before getting thrown into the fiery pit.
      Your god is a vindictive d bag and not worthy of any praise whatsoever.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
      • Akira

        Niknak! Welcome back!

        July 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
        • niknak

          Thanks.
          I was wondering who was still here, and thought why not post a bit.
          I see cowardly lion is still here, more proof that god does NOT exist.
          I also see the conversation is about the same, even if some of the posters are different.
          How u b?

          July 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
  17. Bill

    I am type 7 on the list. I don't believe in religion or lists.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  18. Realist

    what's interesting is the one-to-one similarities of religions and dictatorships. They love to control, they fabricate stories and expect you to believe, and then use fear to force you to believe their fabricated stories.

    Look at all the harm caused to innocent people by religions and dictators.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • lionlylamb2013

      Hi Realist...

      With no hard facts to bolster you views, I can only see a person of veiled omissions standing upon nothing but hot air...

      July 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
      • illusive

        Pot...Kettle...Black....So obvious.

        July 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
        • lionlylamb2013

          Hold on oh illusive...

          Pot? Yes! Kettle? Don't use them. Black? Nope! Caucasian. Besides... My race brought forth Indian reservations and took their lands away and for what? Darth Vaders imperial fleets to lay carnage upon their poorest and free the once proud slaves nowadays intermixing race relations in civil matrimonies? No wonder the USA is decaying from the top down! The damage now done... there is no escaping our fervent futures of aristocracies bloating its way toward depravities by governing goons who won't even give a rodent's tale! I say this because I am not socially bound up in this republican demonacrocy and yes I mean DEMONacrocy!

          July 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
  19. Tom Wilson

    If there was as much efford in feeding all the starving children around the world as there is in ;proving or disproving the existence of a god or gods and places like heaven and hell, well then, I say we would not have so many starving kids. I can not prove god does not exist because it is impossible to prove a negative, But then again, you can not prove there is a god or gods.. It takes faith to believe in a god or gods.. and yet the word faith means to believe in something that can not be proved. What a waste of time and effort, You can take all the believers on earth, get them together and pray to god in jesus name to feed all the starving kids !! Guess what ?? They will keep on a starving !! JMHO !

    July 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • Realist

      more interesting are the children who starved to death because religions took their cut of the donations first. The vatican, for one, wouldn't have its wealth if it didn't grab large portions for itself.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      There would be less starving children if people didn't believe in a so called 'god', since religion is the main reason people don't use birth control or when that fails have an abortion. Look at the movement in this country against Planned Parenthood. Only ignorant people are against planned parenthood.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
      • Realist

        that's because they love to point the finger at others..

        July 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • lionlylamb2013

      Garbage in and garbage out... How can it be that this world's suffrage of society-bound children of peasants in third world nations/countries continue birthing children? Is it not the Acts of the elders whose sensualist natures are the basis for more children to be born? They know they are poor peasants and yet they spring forth more mouths to be fed when their food sources are meager donations and BTW, if it weren't for rebels stealing the food donations there just might well be enough food to feed every child born of the peasantries....Maybe these 1st world countries/nations should be knocked down a few notches...Sort of even up all playing fields... You think can't you?

      July 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
      • niknak

        Cowardly lion, you are still here!
        And still as unintelligible as ever.
        Some things just don't change.

        If you religious types are so concerned about the third world populations, then why are you all so against contraceptives and abortion?

        July 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
  20. Stephen Jones

    I'm kind of a 1,4.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
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