Also, MInecraft is hugely popular and could be considered under the pixel art category, look closely at the textures on the blocks, they look like pixels to me (or more accruately texels...but who is being that pedantic...).
It doesn't require an act of faith to assert there is no such thing as Santa.
It doesn't require an act of faith to assert there is no such thing as the FSM.
It doesn't require an act of faith to assert there is no such thing as a god named Thor.
It doesn't require an act of faith to assert there is no such thing as (insert any god here).
Atheism employs no belief or faith. None. Zip. Nada. If it did, it wouldn't be atheism. Stop propagating an incorrect statement.
A christian giving 10% of the money they earn to their church is most definitely not a definition of charity, but more akin to giving money to a club that you are a part of. I give various percentages on my money to different things I am a part of too but that doesn't make it charity. Since church "donations" are essentially a black hole, it is almost impossible to actually know how much really goes to charity, and how much goes to increasing the wealth of the church. But as someone who used to be a part of a church, from what I saw, I'd estimate less than 5% of the money the church received actually went to true charitable activities such as feeding the poor, etc.
I wonder what the actual percentages christians giving to charity are, and whether it is more or less than atheists. As an atheist I donate to charitable activities, and I certainly know others who do as well. But of course that is anecdotal.
For example, Hindus think it is wrong to eat cows. I think it's right to eat them. There are no absolutes.
Human societies have been defining relative morals since there were societies of humans, whether you like it or not.
* First a disclaimer: I lived in Korea for 4 years, and I am married to a Korean.
One of my wife's relatives passed away while we were living in Korea, so we went to attend the funeral. Approximately half of the family was devout Christian, and the other half were mild Buddhists / agnostics. Because the person who died was Buddhist, it was decided by the Buddhist side of the family to have the funeral in a Buddhist format, which might I add, has been practically the cultural standard for hundreds of years in Korea.
But the Christian side would have absolutely none of it, not even to be respectful to the Buddhists, which was a source of contention at the funeral. They waited until the end of the ceremony, not taking part in any of the prayers, or even the the respectful bows that are common enough, then begun their loud prayers and other Christian themed actions.
I am an atheist, but I knew better than to shove my (lack of) beliefs upon others, and just go with the flow at the funeral, why can not others do the same? To this day that funeral is still a source of discontentment between the two sides.
Laptops having replaceable parts has saved me thousands of dollars and is a cheap means of extending the life of hardware...it's definitely a selling point for me and a lot of other people.
If we pollute this planet and kill ourselves (and a good deal of the species on this planet), then so be it. The earth will continue without us, and new types of life will take our place. It is all part of nature balancing itself out.
Now that is not to say that we should pollute as much as we want, on the contrary, I am hugely in favour of renewable energy, reducing waste, maintaining clean air and keeping our parks green. But when people constantly label what humans do as non-natural processes, they miss the point that they are a part of nature too, and this creates a distance to the notions of maintaining a healthy environment for many generations to come.
>Disbelief is having a belief, in an atheists case, the active belief that there can be no god in a traditional sense.
This sentence is fundamentally incorrect. The dictionary meaning of the suffix "dis" is "the opposite or absence of". Therefore "disbelief" is the opposite or absence of belief. "Absence" can be described as a lack of something. Thus "disbelief" is essentially "a lack of belief".
The dictionary meaning of the word "disbelief" is the rejection of belief. How you think that disbelief is a belief is beyond me...
You talk of "maybe this", or "maybe that", but until there is proof of evidence for what ever you want to assert is true, then it is not, no belief required.
It is not up to the person to prove something is untrue, it is up to the person to prove something is true.