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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

How the "weak atheism" game is played...

...straight from the (atheist) horse's mouth
...although I easily fit the description of a "strong" atheist, I deliberately advocate for the "weak" definition when describing atheism as a whole. I also play the "weak" atheist when discussing theism with a theist - specifically to bring up the Burden of Proof issue. I can lack a god belief and say "There are no gods" at the same time: either position, for me, is true to my outlook. But if I state, in a discussion, that I have yet to be convinced by any god-claims, I am more clearly defining the discussion than if I insist that "There are no gods." So, for purposes of discussion, I am a "weak" atheist: you must make your case with me or I have no business believing your claims; in the privacy of my own mind, that is, for all practical purposes, "There are no gods": this is the presupposition upon which I base all decisions which might be affected had I held a belief in the existence of a god or gods.

Cliff Walker, Positive Atheism

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