Sure, they're the same. I reject the unfounded belief in a deity or deities(disbelief), or, and this is the result no matter which way you state the two options you gave above, I have no belief that deities or a deity exists."Disbelief in deities" and "no belief in deities" are not the same thing.
Theists have the unfounded and faith - only - supported belief deities exist, despite there being no unbiased evidences that would be convincing to both theists and atheists/unbelievers alike.
What is the description of the deity or deities that I "believe" I lack belief in, and what evidence is there that demands I place a belief in that unknown or unverifiable evidence?Their is variation of belief in all belief systems, including the atheist belief system.
No, theism, is a belief - that deities or a deity exists, and that belief emanates from nothing but a supposition or desire for there to be something that loosely fits the term, deity - whatever that is, and you can describe it, along with the evidences that support that unfounded belief - that there is something that can be called a "deity".Atheism is a belief - that no god exists.
I'm open to evidence, however, I'm not open to insistence that I must believe because people have proposed the concept and insist it must be entertained because it makes sense to them...
That's exactly what theism is. That's all theism is. It has no foundation in reality, except for the insistence by theists there must be a deity.It is an affirmative speculation, it posits a truth claim that exceeds knowledge.
Atheism is the lack of the theistic belief there are deities or a deity, plain and simple.Atheism is not an absence of belief, nor a lack of a propositional truth.
Theism is the presence of a belief that a supernatural entity or entities exist, named as "god(S)" most often, based solely upon a proposition, a mere suggestion that something - might - be, and is only that.