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Comment by Luara on July 13, 2014 at 8:34am

A lot of atheists are liable to react negatively to the concept of doctrine, too.  We've seen too much dogmatism and doctrine.

Comment by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 13, 2014 at 8:13am

Luara,

The title on this video is a bit off, you're right. Atheism is a lack of theology or doctrine, in my opinion.

Comment by Luara on July 12, 2014 at 9:45pm

The doctrine of atheism is like the color of something that wasn't painted. 

Comment by Luara on July 12, 2014 at 9:43pm

Atheist doctrine is ridiculously simple: we do not believe in any form of god

But doctrines describe what people believe, not what they don't believe. 

I believe in God as a perception of human minds, a poetic metaphor, the Elephant in the Room. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 12, 2014 at 9:02pm

Atheist doctrine is ridiculously simple: we do not believe in any form of god ... or alternatively, that there is insufficient evidence to support belief in any form of god.

That's it.  Anything above that leaves the realm of atheism and begins to encroach upon issues better suited to humanism or other such systems.

Comment by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 12, 2014 at 8:44pm

Thanks for the comments.

I don't think atheism can have a doctrine per se. There is no exactly a consensus about what the word means. We don't have a special word for people who don't believe in Santa Claus...

I think the word relates the absence of theology, or a lack of belief in one. I used to describe myself as an agnostic, but now I'm not so sure :)

Comment by Luara on July 12, 2014 at 4:41pm

well done.  But what's the doctrine of atheism?

Comment by Freethinker31 on July 12, 2014 at 4:16pm

A very informative  video.....Just  shows  how  the Republicans  in Congress do not  represent  these  statistics and  that they  are  way out of touch  with  average  Americans.....It also  shows  how  Europe  is  so far  ahead of  America  in the views  of Theism....I guess  we just have  to be  patient........

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