APL is 110% correct and right on target.
An atheist believes there is no God.
An atheist believes the Bible is a work of fiction.
An atheist does believe in something - therefore, how can you say atheism is a lack of belief?
A lack of something is NOT something.
Like I said about faries, elves, and such, no one would call the fact that you do NOT believe in those a belief system. This must also mean that you have a belief system in anything that can be fabricated by the human mind.
For example, a gobbledeegook. (yes, i really just made this up) Now, you dont believe in this gobbledeegook. So, does this mean you actually have a belief system
about this imaginary being? No, and its absurd to think otherwise. Yours is an absolutely illogical conclusion.
Beliefs are formed through many personal experiences - dealing with the different personalities and events we encounter every day. If you believe in your way of thinking and process your thoughts to control your actions - then in your way of thinking, you are correct. By the same measure, another's processing of their thoughts that controll their actions, makes them correct also.
Problem is far to many people base their beliefs solely on personal experiences. I dont see how people can assume that their experiences dictate truth. That seems to be a bit of an irrational view.
Some think it is a game of sport to consistantly put others down for their way of thinking because it's not in line with their beliefs. I think thats a form of insecurity.
If people cant take criticism then they should place their belief in the public. Belief deserve no special protection from criticism, and the exposure of the contradictions within those beliefs are not insults, but actual facts.
Words work a lot like math, and sometimes A =/= B. Its not insulting to say this to someone, it just is what it is, incorrect.
What famous Indian said: Judge no man till you walk in his moccasins? A very wise proverb.
This is why im not judging anyone. Only their beliefs.
NYGG: I assume nothing - I learned a long time ago..... To Assume....
makes an Ass out of you and me. Maybe another wise proverb.
Which is why i dont. However you really should make sure you are not guilty of what you criticize others of.
"I think thats a form of insecurity." - sounds like an assumption.