Atheism is disbelief in supernatural
beings and places?
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Views on atheism vary, but here's my take on it,
and my disclaimer that there are quite a few varying
perspectives pertaining to atheism, just as there are
plentiful variations on what theism entails (said vari-
ations expressed through a multitude of disparate
religious faiths) ...

A general view applicable to atheism is along the
line of disbelief in supernatural beings and places
as claimed by theism, with the firmness of disbelief
varying in direct proportion to the grandiosity / un-
provability / lack of evidence regarding theistic
supernatural
claims.

For example, someone says my computer is my god.
Most atheists don't really care about that.

Someone says Madonna is a god -or-, more apropos,
a goddess. Seems to be a secular oddity, there, but
whatever, most atheists don't really care about that,
much.

Someone says "believe in God or burn forever in hell",
and most atheists don't take kindly to that for it's per-
ceived as an offensive threat, devoid of love and pro-
humanism, absent any evidence whatsoever, and anti-
thetical to every humane and sane concept worth living
for.

Someone says "believe in God and live forever". Many
atheists respond whatever, sounds like a con and why
should one believe in something just because someone
claims you'll live forever if you do believe? Where's the
evidence, the justification, the verity, the integrity, there?

What are the downsides to that "believe in God and live
forever" philosophy?

What has happened, throughout history, when people
believed in God (or gods)? Has it been a net gain for
humankind or is it something best left in the past?

Is it veritable or mere claims we're talking about, here?

Is it demonstrable and real, or superstition and myth?

Is it deception and arbitrary assignation, a manifestation
of human emotions and desire, a reflection of the human
ability to substitute "make believe" beings and places for
unknowns, or is it actually tangible, verifiable, validatable,
and thereby worthy of belief and following beyond the
constraints imposed by logic, reasonable doubt, and
open-minded pursuit of verity?

Needless to say, those who tend towards atheism are
inclined to answers to the aforementioned questions far
different than the answers of those who believe in God
(or gods), heaven, hell, and other supernatural things.

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