Why would an atheist believe in reincarnation?

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ok doing this for a project and i got set this hard thing to do. Can some atheists post why they think they believe in reincarnation and if they don’t, can you think of why they would?

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Marc P

maybe the atheist in question REALLY believes in recycling?

me

No they do not. They do not believe in after life.

Steve H

Buddhists are (generally) atheists that believe in reincarnation, I’d recommend you look up some stuff on them.
edit: “me” is incorrect, there is nothing about atheism that means an atheist cannot believe in an afterlife or reincarnation. The sole criteria for being an atheist is that you do not believe in a god (or gods).

Cipher

Why did you repost the same question twice now?
And I don’t.

Jay Ay Dee Ee

An atheist may believe in reincarnation as a lack of belief in God(s) does not mean a lack of belief in spirits/souls.

Anonymous

I think an atheist who claimed to believe in re-incarnation would be confused and not really an atheist.
although atheism is defined as an absence of belief in a deity or god. I think if I were presented with evidence of a soul or reincarnation it would actually be pretty dumb to not believe there could be a god.
EDIT
unfortunatly due to thumbs down we see how atheism has become the domain of the poser.
People who can say “there is 0% chance there is a god”
and then say “oh but we have souls”
yeah because there is tons of evidence for that!!
i can actually see why christians get irritated its totally stupid to not apply the same scientific principles to the soul and re-incarnation as a god.
So to answer your question
an atheist could believe in a re-incarnation if they were a bit stupid

Wayf

There is no deity in Buddhism, yet Buddhists believe in reincarnation.
Perhaps you could pursue that a bit further for your project.
Just a thought.

Atheist Kiba is Atheist

Reincarnation does not require the intervention of any supreme deity. Some atheists strongly believe in karma and the soul. These are non-physical, spiritual things, but atheists are only atheists in that they do not believe in a deity, so believing in karma and a soul is still within the boundaries of what counts as ‘still being an atheist’.
So it’s not all that difficult to believe in reincarnation in that sense. The body dies, the soul moves on to a new body, possibly affected by karma. No God required in the spiritual transaction.

drmultiverse

I can give you one possible reason. Its called quantum immorality and is actually believed by many well known atheist physicists. Its based on the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
The idea is based on the fact that we are not the brain itself. We are the mind ( the algorithm the brain executes). The idea is that in an infinite multiverse the same algorithm could be executing on an infinite number of brains not all of which die.
Its kind of like the idea that when you destroy or turn off your computer it doesn’t mean the end of Microsoft Windows. Microsoft Windows continues on many other computers executing elsewhere.
Although quantum immortality is entirely based on modern physics, it is surprisingly similar to some concepts within Buddism.

ungodly

We don’t, generally.

TheKitten

It’s a bit abstract, but a lot of Buddhists are technically atheists, and some believe in reincarnation. (Rebirth is the term usually used in English by Buddhists).
Anyway, first, you have to understand they don’t believe in a soul, like Christians or Muslims do. So there is no substance to attach to the “self”.
They believe that the “self” is actually a construct. We’re in this world as a body, but this body is also the cause of a “self” being constructed.
But, here, Buddhist mysticism also tells us we attach to the world by desire. Therefore, the self actually constructs itself through a body.
So these people believe that the will can survive the death of the physical body and that this will, this “self” will continue on after the physical death of the body.
It is sometimes described as a subtle substance, but it is not an immutable thing, like a soul.

Rod

Why not? The only thing that makes an Atheist an Atheist is a lack of belief in gods.
In my case, reincarnation the recycling of that which makes us go, makes infinitely more sense than “returning to god in heaven”.

Jeff (weseye) Wesley

Why would an atheist believe in reincarnation?
ANS: Because they want to believe? It is fun and makes them happy? It gives then something to talk about or dream about?

joe714

reincarnation doesn’t require a monotheistic God. Buddhism is sometimes referred to as being atheistic and they believe in reincarnation but they also believe that there is something behind all of creation but it is impersonal and sometimes called the Void because it is absent of all qualities..

Everard G

A-theists aren’t into ‘gods’-deities.
Many Buddhists are atheists AND believe in reincarnation.
~

Michael

most atheists, myself included, do not believe in any form of afterlife, including reincarnation. however this is not necessarily related to belief in god and lack of belief in god(s) is the only common denominator among atheists. aside from that our views can be either very similar or very diverse it just depends on the individual

Indo-Girl

We don’t believe in anything but ourselves. Atheist does not mean we do not have our own belief system !
WE BELIEVE : WE CAN DO EVERYTHING TO SATISFY OURSELVE, AS LONG AS:
1) NO ONE COMPLAINTS , NO ONE GETS HURT
2) WE DON’T GET CAUGHT WHEN WE DO ILLEGAL STUFF
So the strategy of life is LEARN TO BE SMART TO HIDE YOUR BAD DOINGS, and DISCLOSE ONLY THE GOOD DOINGS.

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