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i consider there to be two main kinds of atheism: logical atheism and spiritual atheism.

logical atheism is home of people like {richard dawkins}. anyone who does not believe in a god because they followed a path of reasoning to that conclusion falls into this category. not every logical atheist has to be as dogmatic as dawkins.

spiritual atheism is home of people who consider themselves to be "spiritual, but not religious". people who don't believe in a god, but do believe in some kind of supernatural element to the world. this kind of atheism may also include different folk religions.

there is of course overlap between the categories. almost anyone who has spent time thinking about religion will fit into one of them. of course, there is the third category, where people have a complete disinterest. agnostics probably make up this third category.

https://s.ai/essays/about_me:

In my experience, most Christians display incredible ignorance of both the content of the Bible and basic logical reasoning, and most strong atheists display a faulty belief both that absence of evidence is evidence of absence, and that the qualia of others' experiences is either uninteresting or disprovable. Both annoy me.

"absence of evidence is evidence of absence"

it seems to me that too many of the vocal atheists adopt a doctrine of ridicule and hate. often when questioned it will turn out that they are angry about the way that they were treated by a religious institution in the past. this is fair, as religious institutions can do a lot of damage. but it's a counterproductive way to act on their own lack of faith, and has a lot in common with the things they've tried to get away from.

https://garden.bianca.digital/3.-Permanent-Notes/Everybody-gets-to-choose-what-they-worship/:

There is no such thing as atheism, and not worshipping.
Because everyone worships. The only difference is the ==object of worship.==
The reason to worship a God/spiritual thing is that ==anything else will consume you.==

i think this is an excellent point, people need a {spiritual} presence in their life.

does atheism inform your life?

i've heard people say that the difference between their atheism and someone else's religion is that religion informs your life choices, whereas atheism does not. i'm not convinced by that, though there might be more of a roundabout way of getting to that informance (?).

consider bungee-jumping. if a christian and an atheist go bungee-jumping together, what are their motivations and thought processes in doing so? perhaps the christian is more relaxed about the potential risks involved, because they believe that they will go to heaven if they die, so it's not necessarily a bad thing. (though i should write more about jesus's views on life). alternatively, perhaps they are more wary, because they believe that human life is sacred and consider dying in pursuit of individual pleasure to be a sin.

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