Many dictionaries and most non-Atheists define "Atheist" as a person who actively denies the existence of any Gods, Goddess, Satan, angels, demons, or other supernatural living entities. For example, the online Merriam- Webster dictionary defines Atheism as:
|Many, perhaps most, people who identify themselves as Atheists do not actively deny God's existence. They simply
have no concept of any living supernatural beings. They conclude that the
existence of God can be neither proved nor disproved, just as the existence
of invisible pink unicorns (IPU) and the flying spaghetti monster (FSM)
cannot be proved or disproved.|
|Atheists who actively deny the existence of God are generally called "strong Atheists."|
Some religious conservatives attack all Atheists for having no belief in God or for actively denying God's existence. Yet Atheists are generally quite open to any proof that supernatural entities do or do not exist. They are currently unaware of any such proof. They do acknowledge that many Christians and other theists are totally convinced of the existence of a version of God as described by their faith group within their religion. However, Atheists generally need strong evidence before believing in something -- particularly belief in a life form with abilities infinitely advanced compared to humans.
Most Atheists probably agree with:
One method of proving the existence of God has been suggested by the author of this menu: Since God is normally considered to be onmiscient (all-knowing) then he could prepare a list of the next dozen strong earthquakes that will occurr in the world, including their location, depth, date, hour, and minute. Since God is omnibeneficient (all-loving) he might be willing to prepare such a list because it would save countless lives. However, it would require God to be interested in proving his existence to humanity. Meanwhile, an accurate list would be totally beyond the current abilities of humans.
|Beliefs by some conservative Protestants:
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