assateague wrote:It has little, if anything, to do with being an expert. I'm no expert on the universe. But I know the sun is s star. Just as I know that atheists do not acknowledge any higher power. God, Gaia, Allah, whatever- doesn't happen.
This is just Wiki, AT. We can go a lot deeper into atheism and agnosticism if you want....
"Some of the ambiguity and controversy involved in defining atheism arises from difficulty in reaching a consensus for the definitions of words like deity and God. The plurality of wildly different conceptions of God and deities leads to differing ideas regarding atheism's applicability. The ancient Romans accused Christians of being atheists for not worshiping the pagan deities. Gradually, this view fell into disfavor as theism came to be understood as encompassing belief in any divinity.
With respect to the range of phenomena being rejected, atheism may counter anything from the existence of a deity, to the existence of any spiritual, supernatural, or transcendental concepts, such as those of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Taoism"