Quite a few of the conversations I’ve been involved in with theists lately seem to start off with a basic misconception about what atheism actually is. Since there is such a disconnect between the definition of the term and what people think or believe that it means I’d like to clarify a few things.
Most recently multiple pastors have asserted that the term atheist was best defined as ” to be certain there is no god” or “to believe that there is no god” – both definitions are decidedly incorrect.
Theism is defined by Mirriam-Webster‘s as:
belief in the existence of a god or gods