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Go to: Carl Sagan: A Universe Not Made For Us

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I'm pretty sure Sagan publicly referred to himself as agnostic rather than atheist, which probably goes down more smoothly with a mostly theist public. I think he mentions it somewhere in his last interview with Charlie Rose.

Thu, 08 Jul 2010 01:47:54 UTC | #487206

Go to: Atheists gather for a holiday they can believe in: Independence Day

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Also, I prefer Christmas over Independence Day anyway. Christmas is more fun.

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 02:09:43 UTC | #486584

Go to: Atheists gather for a holiday they can believe in: Independence Day

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The trouble with most major holidays in the United States, if you're an atheist, is that it's difficult to ignore the "holy day" etymology.

Not really, since that's not how people use the word anymore, and Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving have been distilled down to thoroughly secular celebrations for most people I know, religious or not.

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 02:03:22 UTC | #486580

Go to: What do atheists have faith/believe in?

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A friend of mine, who is Christian, asked me what I have faith in or believe in as an atheist.

It is important to remember that atheism is not a comprehensive belief system that attempts to address all aspects of life. Atheism is generally a lack of belief in deities, so "as an atheist," I don't hold a theistic position, but that is all the term implies. As an individual, I have many beliefs about life, love, morality, society, etc., but these are separate issues, and while many atheists may share opinions on these issues, those opinions are not a necessary consequence of atheism.

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 17:06:38 UTC | #484363

Go to: The Newton Bomb

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Comment 1 by jon_the_d :

"Einstein DIDN'T believe in god, are you cleverer than him?"

"Hawkings DOESN'T believe in god, are you cleverer than him?"

This may be a good quick reply, but it may also be necessary clarify their metaphorical uses of "God," since sometimes those quotes are used to suggest both men were actually religious.

Thu, 24 Jun 2010 03:35:45 UTC | #483126

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