7 facts about atheists
Here’s what we know about self-described atheists and their beliefs.
Pew has released a “7 Facts About Atheists” post which is pretty interesting about the growing numbers, their acceptance or rejection of religious roles in people’s lives, but there is one “fact” that is completely laughable. #4 states: "Although the literal definition of “atheist” is “a person who believes that God does not exist,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, 8% of those who call themselves atheists also say they believe in God or a universal spirit. Indeed, 2% say they are “absolutely certain” about the existence of God or a universal spirit."
You cannot be an atheist and believe in a god. Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods. From a- "without" + theos "a god". Claiming to be an atheist, then saying God exists means a person is simply wrong about their self-labeling or willfully lying. Making a claim you're an atheist who believes in god is like saying you're a person who thinks bald is a hair color.