2 The literal definition of “atheist” is “a person who does not believe in the existence of a god or any gods,” according to Merriam-Webster. And the vast majority of U.S. atheists fit this description: 81% say they do not believe in God or a higher power or in a spiritual force of any kind.
What do you call an atheist who believes in God?Agnostic theism, agnostotheism or agnostitheism is the philosophical view that encompasses both theism and agnosticism. An agnostic theist believes in the existence of a God or Gods, but regards the basis of this proposition as unknown or inherently unknowable.
Atheism by strict definition is the lack of a belief in gods, but it's generally extended to the lack of a belief in any supernatural entity or substance. That includes ghosts, spirits, souls, angels, demons, vampires, elves, boogeymen, unicorns, phoenixes and the energies of karma, chi, the Holy Spirit, life-force or The Force. I'm open to the idea that you're an exception.
You still fit the strict definition of an atheist by the nature of the word; you don't believe in any gods. That might change later, if your belief in ghosts leads you to think something more powerful is making them possible. As it is, you're a spiritualist apart from being an atheist. I'll swallow that combination if you will.
The show doesn't have to be a fraud; perhaps the person who made the tape is. In any case, the show needs to make it look at least plausible in order to justify its own existence, so even if it's been successfully debunked you wouldn't hear about it.
To try and determine whether or not there really is a supernatural phenomenon at work, pick up where the show leaves off and do your own research. Take down names and places and plug them into Google. Take a trip over if you can. Recognise that if this stuff had been clearly demonstrated and proven it would be all over the primetime news, and then ask yourself why it isn't.
Don't sit there and be a Mulder. Go out and be a Scully. Even Scully became a believer in the end because she uncovered What does an atheist believe in? evidence herself.
It was the right thing, because in her universe aliens, ghosts and gods really do exist. Find out for yourself whether you live in that universe. It's true that a great deal of energy leaves a body when it dies, but it's not as if we don't know where it goes. It escapes as heat and pressure, it drives the chemical reactions that decompose the body and make it smell. Some of it nourishes the earthworms who ultimately devour what's What does an atheist believe in?, and enriches the soil the worms process.
New plant matter then uses the energy to grow. So it cycles through living matter like water through rainclouds and rivers. That said, you've What does an atheist believe in?
up with quite a good piece of pseudoscience which I'm sure has been used before to make ghosts sound more plausible. I don't like titles so I haven't called myself an atheist but people say I What does an atheist believe in?
because I outgrew the fantasy of gods. But I do believe in communicating with the dead. Not all want to reach out to the living, but some need to for whatever reasons. Two years ago my fiance died in his sleep. A few months later I'm aimlessly surfing the internet in my new home, 1800 miles from where we lived. I read some story about dead loved ones communicating, click a few links and feel compelled to email a psychic 1000 miles away I've never met.
Somehow my fiance 'speaks' to me through this guy and reveals not only his first name but his middle and last name. There was no possible way a stranger could pull that off. I believe now that spirits may exist but I still don't buy the god nonsense. I'm very sorry for your loss.
Unfortunately, I think you've been had. Armed with your name, your phone number and a decent amount of time before the arranged call, all of that information is within his grasp. Your name is a gateway to your family and immediate circle, and your phone number provides a location with which to verify the information.
One could potentially start at Google and get most of what he told you that way. Think how straightforward it would be for someone who knows who you are and where you live to track those down in newspaper archives. I know the prospect of false communication with your fiancee is upsetting. My fiancee is reading Twilight on a couch behind me. If something were to happen to her, and I found out that someone pretended to be her to make money What does an atheist believe in?
me, I can't fathom how furious I'd be. I have to say I think that's what's been done to you. Thank you for posting to a long dead thread. Feared this may go ignored. You would be right if it weren't that I'm so computer protective. I wasn't in the obit and never said any names to psychic anywayname not on landline, no ties whatsoever.
That's what makes it so f'd up. I'm a skip tracer for living and know how to keep my stuff private when I want to. Was completely a blind call for this. I half wanted to be had so i could mock the B. S but came away stunned from private info no stranger could find even with the best of paid tools.
We weren't What does an atheist believe in?, no joint assets, no mentions, I was invisible but to our circle and to this stranger who happened to know stuff no one else could know: not even our friends.
My fiance knew my curiosity of afterdeath and was insistent I knew it was he talking to me. He freakin' described death for me through this guy. Said it was painless and like crossing the living room but looking through a rainy windshield. A bit scared because he was new. This totally effs up my atheistic views because now I'm questioning more than the texts of the ancients, but peering into the afterworld with deep curiosity.
Now what do you think???? I asked if he met 'god'. Just a window to now and can see those who've passed before. My Grandma came forward and used his nickname saying she met and liked him. When I asked the psychic if my deceased fiance had met my previous fiance; also dead, he said no, he doesn't want to talk to you. However our child would kinda like to know the dick is visiting a new plane and hopes for descriptions.
So complicated when I know I haven't been 'had' and don't play into christian treachery. Something bigger is at hand and has discombobulated What does an atheist believe in?
for years now. Just looking for the intelligence of an atheist mind to jar what I may have forgotten. The nice thing about being the moderator is that the comments come to me. I don't miss them if they're tucked away somewhere. I'm surprised you're not in the obit, but surely an engagement notice, or some other piece of publicity stemming from your relationship, links the two of you.
Once his identity is established, are his personal details as difficult to find as you've made yours? Was he a skip tracer too?
Don't feel you must answer any of this. Some of what you got was incredibly obvious or suspiciously believable, I'm sure you realise.
You got stonewalled when you asked What does an atheist believe in? God, because what you hear needs to be compatible with your specific religion which the medium doesn't know - no wedding, so no church or you won't buy it. You accepted that your ex-fiancee doesn't want to talk to you, because there must have been a reason he was your ex.
Since the question about your ex-fiancee was likely the first the medium had heard about him, there was no time or opportunity to gather information about him. Perhaps you and I could eventually hypothesise a complete, plausible method, perhaps not.
At least without a level of information about your circumstances which I would never ask anyone to provide to What does an atheist believe in? stranger like me, least of all a detective, your medium's What does an atheist believe in? will have to remain largely unexplained to us out here. That's all it is, though.
There are a myriad of ways he could have rumbled your fiancee, however likely or unlikely, whether we know them or not. For example, there are cold-reading techniques you might not even realise he used on you. Here's the crux of the decision you're trying to make: you're comparing the cumulative, unmeasured probability of all these uncounted methods to the probability of just two remaining options: your medium guessed the whole thing by pure chance, or he really was talking to your fiancee and was snubbed by your ex.
It's like believing in one particular god; the alternatives almost overwhelm it. I'm out of my depth here, good and proper.
If you speak to either of their respective organisations, you might get the help you need to solve this puzzle you've been agonising over. Heck, you might even find specific information on your actual medium. Please keep us posted of any developments.
You have to remember these people make it their business, so they put time and effort into learning the tricks of the trade and investigative techniques. It's a small world when it comes to people who know people, etc.
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Plus, if a loved one who had passed away wanted to present themselves or give a message to someone they were close to, I think they would go directly to the source and not a stranger.
Plus, it seems the messages people get are never really very profound. I find it hard to believe What does an atheist believe in? would not have something more important to pass along. I was brought up Catholic, but I gave up on religion 40 years ago. I am a firm believer in science, and I believe in ghosts and mediums and aliens, too, for that matter. Because I believe there is some scientific explanation, even if it's science that we don't understand yet.
And with the billions of planets out there, why couldn't there be one with life? Although I haven't personally experienced anything supernatural, I have family members who have. My cousin's daughter, age 5, heard the voice of her babysitter's brother in her head asking 'What do I do now?
Where did the voice come from? And my daughter and her boyfriend experienced unexplained sounds and smells while staying at his mom's house, which had a history of hauntings and satan worship.
No, sorry, I don't believe in god, but I firmly believe in ghosts and the communication with the dead. I would be disappointed that I cannot call my self an atheist due my unproven scientific belief in the supernatural.
You're justified in calling yourself an atheist, Imolter, it's just that not many atheists share your belief in ghosts. This thread has brought forth several atheists who do, which has been educational for all of us.