Atheism is not an affirmative belief that there is no god nor does it answer any other question about what a person believes.
It is simply a rejection of the assertion that there are gods.
We should use the term that binds all of us together. Agnostic isn’t just a “weaker” version of being an atheist. Pew separates out atheists from agnostics and the non-religious, but that is primarily a function of self-identification.
Older dictionaries define atheism as “a belief that there is no God.” Clearly, theistic influence taints these definitions.
The fact that dictionaries define Atheism as “there is no God” betrays the (mono)theistic influence.
Those people are atheists, whether they choose to use the word or not.
A recent survey from University of Kentucky psychologists Will Gervais and Maxine Najle found that as many as 26% of Americans may be atheists.
Some groups will use words like Agnostic, Humanist, Secular, Bright, Freethinker, or any number of other terms to self identify.
Those words are perfectly fine as a self-identifier, but we strongly advocate using the word that people understand: Atheist.Some of the best debates we have ever had have been with fellow atheists. There are atheists in urban, suburban, and rural communities and in every state of the nation.This is because atheists do not have a common belief system, sacred scripture or atheist Pope. We have more than 170 affiliates and local partners nationwide.Despite the fact that atheism is not a religion, atheism is protected by many of the same Constitutional rights that protect religion.That, however, does not mean that atheism is itself a religion, only that our sincerely held (lack of) beliefs are protected in the same way as the religious beliefs of others.This study was designed to overcome the stigma associated with atheism and the potential for closeted atheists to abstain from “outing” themselves even when speaking anonymously to pollsters.