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    Default Can atheists talk about spirit?

    Can atheists talk about spirit? What would it mean? Simply "pluck" or "enthusiasm"? Like being "spirited" but not meaning anything incorporial?

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    He wrote 'atheists'. Congratulations are in order.

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    Hang on, can't one be an atheist and believe in spirits? It's 'a-theist', not 'a-spiritist'. For example, I know atheists that swear they have seen ghosts.
    A criticism that can be brought against everything ought not to be brought against anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reason View Post
    Hang on, can't one be an atheist and believe in spirits? It's 'a-theist', not 'a-spiritist'. For example, I know atheists that swear they have seen ghosts.
    Curious indeed.

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    What exactly do you mean by atheists talking about spirits? Like using the term 'spirit' in a sentence? I mean in that regard, an atheist would just recognize that a 'spirit' in the traditional sense of a soul would be nothing more than an artifically false construct of man. However, if an aeithist wants to boosts someones moral, then using the word 'spirit' in a different sense would obviously mean they're talking about something else other than the soul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reason View Post
    Hang on, can't one be an atheist and believe in spirits? It's 'a-theist', not 'a-spiritist'.
    True, although atheism in its most common form tends to align itself with a naturalistic perspective - which technically would preclude anything like ghosts for example. Of course how that works out in practice is another story.

    For example, I know atheists that swear they have seen ghosts.
    Indeed, there was thread here about how one study showed that atheists tend to be more superstitious than theists. It was noted for example how superstitions didn't die out in the Soviet Union, despite officially being an atheist country. At least within the Abrahamic religions, superstitions have been continually condemned.

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    Yes

    "Spirit" is ubiquitous

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    At least within the Abrahamic religions, superstitions have been continually condemned.
    I find the exact opposite to be true, in my experience

    Whether it be virgin births, rising from the dead, angels descending from heavenly bodies, or planetary flooding, I find superstition to be widespread in many Abrahamic religions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beargryllz View Post
    I find the exact opposite to be true, in my experience
    In what way exactly?

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