Why Equate Yourselves
With Strong Atheism?
I am really enjoying reading your web site.
This question is probably answered somewhere on your site but it has eluded me. If "strong atheism" (positive) means "there is no God" and "weak atheism" (negative) means "I believe there is no God", then the former is a more dogmatic and probably more difficult assertion to defend. Why then have you chosen Positive Atheism, which is associated with the "strong" position, as the title for your magazine, when it is anything but dogmatic?
From: "Positive Atheism Magazine" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Positive_Atheism_Letters_Section
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2001 6:40 AM
We do not use the term "Positive Atheism" (capitalized) the same way you have used the term "positive atheism" (lowercase). To us, "Positive Atheism" is a proactive ethic, ultimately derived from Gandhi's satyagraha, whereas "positive atheism" is better described as "strong atheism." We are very concerned that so many atheists are content to simply roll over and take the indignity heaped upon us from all quarters, but we do not care whether somebody is a strong or a weak atheist.
Besides, "weak" atheism means "I lack a god belief" not "I believe there is no god" -- which is, actually, "strong" atheism.
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