Don’t Tell

Although I welcome all honest discussion of philosophy and morality, there are a few topics that have come up so often that I don’t have anything new to say about them. On this page, I list those topics and my general response (and will add new ones as needed).

I figured out that you are a man/I figured out you are a woman/I figured out who you are!

That’s fine. It’s not actually a secret. It’s still not something I discuss in the context of this Web site.

By the way, this site is managed by Pants Aflame Productions. Pants Aflame manages sites that are run by a number of different people — you can’t assume that I am the owner of Pants Aflame, so looking up the name of the person who registered this domain name, etc., won’t do you any good.

Einstein was an atheist.

You need to define your terms, but in general I agree.

Hitler was religious.

True.

The arguments on the Arguments Against page are terrible.

They are not intended to be taken seriously and are, instead, more of a “things I wish I could say” list for atheists who might have heard these same arguments one too many times. There are plenty of places on the Internet where serious refutations can be found.

Your “rights and responsibilities” page does not apply to atheists.

That page is not intended to be a real list of exhaustively defined atheistic principles. Rather, it is a demonstration that atheists and Judeo-Christian theists can have much the same philosophy. Even so, I would say that most of what is on this page applies to any moral individual, and therefore applies to atheists.

Atheists have no rules.

Because atheism is not an organized religion, atheism does not have any rules in and of itself. However, moral atheists do have rules — just as any moral people have rules. What these rules are is subject to debate.

Please respond to the arguments at the following Web pages.

I don’t allow argument via URL. If you have an argument, put it into your own words and send it to me.

You can’t prove that God doesn’t exist.

That’s true, and I don’t claim to be able to prove such a thing. However, the burden of proof is not on me, but on the person claiming that God exists.

You’re not really an atheist.

I define “atheist” as anyone who is without belief in deities. By that definition (which is compatible with most dictionary definitions), I am an atheist. Some atheists categorically say that there is no God, but my not doing so does not make me any less of an atheist. I do not believe deities exist, but I also admit that I cannot prove that there is no possibility that deities exist.

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  1. Written by Victor
    on February 16, 2011 at 1:54 am
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    To that last paragraf: is not that more like agnostic?

    Meh, I like agnostic, I prefer to be called that.

    • Written by Daf
      on March 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm
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      An “atheist” is an a-theist, which basically means they don’t believe in a God. Being an atheist doesn’t mean you claim there is no God, you just don’t believe in one. This is “weak Atheism”. Many people think of it as Agnostic, but they’re really one in the same.

      “Strong Atheism” is when you also claim there is no God. Most Atheists are Weak Atheists, not Strong.

  2. Written by Tom_M
    on May 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm
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    Daf: The Atheist is someone who does not believe in a god existing. In so doing, the atheist is claiming “there is no god”, whether expounding overtly or not.

    Agnostics are unsure, and make no assertion one way or the other.

    These notions of “weak” and “strong” atheism are not resolved in these simple definitions.

  3. Written by Elizabeth R.
    on January 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm
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    Im 11 and my friends, who are strongly Christian and Muzzlem, think I’m Greek but I’m actually atheist like my mom. I have heard them say some pretty bad things about atheists and I don’t wat to lose my friends but I don’t want to lie anymore because everytime I say i’m Christian my stomache feels weird. Don’t know what to do so please reply.

    • Written by ideclare
      on January 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm
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      Elizabeth:

      I’m going to reply to you in a blog post so that your question can get maximum attention. Keep an eye out for it.

  4. Written by UMM
    on August 17, 2013 at 5:35 am
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    I have an odd way of viewing faith that I wish to share with you. I believe that faith is a continuum bounded by Atheism on one end and devout on the other extreme and that everyone falls between the two extremes. Nobody can ever be truly devout, and nobody can ever be truly an Atheist. I, like you fall very close to the Atheism realm.
    I find this model works well for me because it explains how some persons of faith can be so open minded and reasonable, and others such utter and complete idiots. I have used this model for nearly 30 years.
    Keep up the good work, I appreciate your site

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