Or: You're Making Me Crazy!!! Atheist: A person who has an ABSENCE of BELIEF that a deity or deities exist. Please pay attention to that. Yes I mean you, way in the back of the class shaking your head. You know who you are. Yousguys back there insist on giving a definition of Atheism that'll allow you to assign us a belief system akin to your own. That just wont do. Atheism, in its simplest terms, is the rejection of an unsupported assertion.(Sound familiar? It should.) Atheism is not, no matter how many word games you wanna play, a religion in and of itself. It has no explanation for the universe (that's science), it makes no attempt to explain where life comes from or how it got here (science again) and makes no effort to explain why its all here(That's philosophy, which IMHO, is not science). Atheism has no moral code that all Atheists subscribe to (That's, IMO, genetic, environmental and personal choice) nor does it provide a punishment when one does not adhere to the morals it does not impose. " In fact, "atheism" is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a"non-astrologer" or a "non-alchemist." We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and their cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs." - Sam Harris.