(Closed) What are the differences?

posted 6 years ago in Secular
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Honey bee

Secular means not religiously connected. Atheist means not believing in a god. Many things can be secular but not atheist. To say something is secular doesn’t necessarily mean not believing in god, but just that it’s not religiously affiliated. Public schools are supposed to secular, but they don’t promote atheistic ideas. They are just not supposed to mention any religion at all.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Soupycat gave an good answer also agree with her

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@SoupyCat:  nicely put! I usually just say that secular means neutral – not espousing any religious (or nonreligious) viewpoint.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

The definition of an atheist is actually under some debate, but most broadly it means that you cannot conclusively say that there is a higher power. It’s not neccasarily “there is no god” but “based on the lack of evidence I cannot say if a god exists”. It’s a little difference and some people may tell you something completely different, but that’s how I’ve heard it explained most often. I think that secular just means an absence of religion. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@batwoman:  actually there is such a thing as an atheist that says there is no god, 100%–called gnostic atheist

agnostic atheists are the norm, who say there probably is no god

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Ah, I stand corrected. I was confusing the common definition with the actual one, oops!

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