I thought the meaning of atheism would be obvious, even to the meanest understanding. After all, the word is descriptive all by itself.
I am mistaken.
The miss understanding has less to do with the meaning or definition of the word “atheism” and more to do with the dichotomy between the persons involved in the god question. People assume atheism is about religion, but it’s not. Think about it. There is likely as many things you do not hold to be true as things you do. As difficult as it may be for a theist to conceptualize, God, Jesus and Bart Simpson, to an atheist, share one thing in common; they’re all fictional characters. In the mean atheists tend to fixate on religion when it manifests in public policy domain. Atheism is a political stance more than anything And many atheists think religion is nothing more than a familial propagated psychological pathology if they deign to think about it at all.
Apparently theists believe that a lack of a god belief constitutes a world view. It does not, in any way, constitute a foundational world view. Much like the lack of belief in Zeus, Poseidon or Lolo the volcano god do not constitute world views. Every rational thinking person knows there’s no such things as demons, pixies, fairies, trolls, smurfs, angles, souls, ghosts, saints, gods nor afterlife. There are no such things as miracles, prophesies, omens, signs, poltergeist nor zombies. What’s to fear; if you step on a crack, you will not cause your mothers back to brake. It’s all one.
The hyphenated word, Anti-theist, is the label some use to describe anyone who thinks the belief in the supernatural is irrational and has a deleterious effect on humanities welfare. I would accept minor variations on this theme for the meaning of the phrase. Many atheists are in active apposition to the propagation of all religion. Over all of human existence irrational beliefs have lead to flawed reasoning and actions resulting in calamity. By contrast, the happiest, healthiest, safest people with the highest standards of living are folks who live in countries with the lowest population of religious adherents.
Can I get a witness?
I offer these questions for your consideration.
“Why should anyone feel compelled to be subservient to a benevolent benefactor? Put another way, what kind of dick expects to be worshipped for doing what came naturally?” Nationofnope.