The six types of atheist

Jul 15, 2013 Full story: The Guardian 12

A new study in the US seeks to break down atheists into distinct categories. Which one do you fall into? You'd have thought the scientific study of atheism was a no-brainer.

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Since: Sep 10

Earth

#1 Jul 15, 2013
Lumping people into "six types of atheism" is as stupid as lumping people into twelve astrology signs.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#2 Jul 16, 2013
I think the significance of athiesm and agnosticism will decline along with religious faith. We're all apixie-ists too but that has no significance without believers in pixies.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#3 Jul 16, 2013
P_Smith wrote:
Lumping people into "six types of atheism" is as stupid as lumping people into twelve astrology signs.
I agree totally.

There really is but one type of atheist: not-a-theist.

That's it.

The literal meaning of the word....

:D
Amused

Oxford, MA

#4 Jul 16, 2013
Trying to fit atheists into neat little boxes is like herding chickens.

In any event, the attempt says more about the classifier's inability to deal with ambiguity than it does about the nature of atheists. We are all different. When you've met one atheist, you've met one atheist. Except for their disbelief, they are not in any way fungible.
Thinking

York, UK

#5 Jul 16, 2013
I got the feeling that this article was trying to take down the Dawkins type of de facto Atheist that doesn't feel obliged to keep quiet when morons get in their face shitting on about how brilliant belief is.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#6 Jul 16, 2013
Amused wrote:
Trying to fit atheists into neat little boxes is like herding chickens.
In any event, the attempt says more about the classifier's inability to deal with ambiguity than it does about the nature of atheists. We are all different. When you've met one atheist, you've met one atheist. Except for their disbelief, they are not in any way fungible.
I agree again.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#7 Jul 16, 2013
Thinking wrote:
I got the feeling that this article was trying to take down the Dawkins type of de facto Atheist that doesn't feel obliged to keep quiet when morons get in their face shitting on about how brilliant belief is.
Well, that's hardly surprising.

Since they cannot use rational ideas to support the ludicrous worldview based on lies (faith)?

They **must** attack what they perceive as the "other side".

Little do they realize that it's not an either-or situation.
Thinking

York, UK

#8 Jul 17, 2013
I think there are non believers in the UK media that also don't like Dawkins telling the truth - maybe the author of this piece falls into that category.
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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Well, that's hardly surprising.
Since they cannot use rational ideas to support the ludicrous worldview based on lies (faith)?
They **must** attack what they perceive as the "other side".
Little do they realize that it's not an either-or situation.

Since: Nov 12

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#9 Jul 18, 2013
6 types? Hmmm.... I better read the article. Right now I'm trying to think of six and it is a problem

1. Someone who is not a theist
2. Someone who doesn't believe in any gods
3. Someone who does not except the claim of any deities.

Oops that is the same thing... Let me think again

Types of atheists
Agnostic atheists (weak)
Defacto atheist
Gnostic atheists (strong)
Tall atheists
Short atheists
Average height atheists

Oooh I got more
White atheists
Black atheists
Female atheists
Male atheists

Ok I guess there are lots of different types. Now I'm gonna read the article and see how close I was.

Since: Nov 12

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#10 Jul 18, 2013
Yeah... It was well written but still very strange when you actually take a second to think about it. They seem to fit in different "types" divided by how much they care and how active they are.
Thinking

York, UK

#11 Jul 18, 2013
I felt the article was more concerned about categorising how people interact with the outside world than anything.
EmpAtheist wrote:
Yeah... It was well written but still very strange when you actually take a second to think about it. They seem to fit in different "types" divided by how much they care and how active they are.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#12 Jul 18, 2013
Thinking wrote:
I think there are non believers in the UK media that also don't like Dawkins telling the truth - maybe the author of this piece falls into that category.
<quoted text>
“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.”

&#8213; Oscar Wilde, The Nightingale and the Rose

:)

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