Intoscience Posted February 20 Share Posted February 20 14 minutes ago, John Cuthber said: Is there a difference between these two definitions? "an atheist is someone who does not believe that God exists" and "An atheist is someone who believes that God does not exist" Ordinarily the statements are considered equivalent. But, by one definition a rock is an atheist. A rock doesn't believe anything, so it doesn't believe in God. A person who has never been told about God is in the same position as that rock. You can't believe in something that you don't know about. By that definition, they are an a atheist. But, by the other definition, a rock can't believe that God does not exist. The rock is not an atheist. A person who has never heard about God is, again, in the same position as that rock; they hold no opinion about the nonexistence of God and is therefore not an atheist. The OP's question talks about nature or nurture. Being told that God exists (or that some people think He exists) is part of nurture. By the first definition, if you do not receive that nurture you are an atheist. By the second definition, if you do not receive that nurture you are not an atheist. So the answer to the question depends very strongly on how you define atheism. +1 So from this the logical conclusion is that its nurture not nature. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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