What is atheism?

  • (noun): A lack of belief in the existence of God or gods.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Atheism

Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheism is contrasted with theism, which in its most general form is the belief that at least one deity exists.

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Lists Of Atheists
... Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities ... In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities ... Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist ...
List Of Atheists In Film, Radio, Television And Theater
... Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities ... In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities ... Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist ...
Atheism - Demographics
... Respondents to religious-belief polls may define "atheism" differently or draw different distinctions between atheism, non-religious beliefs, and non-theistic religious and spiritual ... The lowest rates of atheism were in the United States at only 4%, while the rates of atheism in the European countries surveyed were considerably higher ... States, there was a 1% to 5% increase in self-reported atheism from 2005 to 2012, and a larger drop in those who self-identified as "religious", down by 13%, from 73% to 60% ...
Christianity In The Soviet Union - 1964–1970s
... They came to a general conclusion that it had failed in spreading atheism, and that it had only antagonized believers as well as pushed them ... The two main anti-religious serials, Yearbook of the Museum of History of Religion and Atheism and Problems of History of Religion and Atheism soon ceased publication ... principle of persecuting religion in order to spread atheism did not disappear, however, even if the methodology was re-examined after Khrushchev ...
Agnostic Atheism
... Agnostic atheism, also called atheistic agnosticism, is a philosophical position that encompasses both atheism and agnosticism ...

More definitions of "atheism":

  • (noun): The doctrine or belief that there is no God.
    Synonyms: godlessness

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    Nothing shall warp me from the belief that every man is a lover of truth. There is no pure lie, no pure malignity in nature. The entertainment of the proposition of depravity is the last profligacy and profanation. There is no scepticism, no atheism but that. Could it be received into common belief, suicide would unpeople the planet.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    We find the most terrible form of atheism, not in the militant and passionate struggle against the idea of God himself, but in the practical atheism of everyday living, in indifference and torpor. We often encounter these forms of atheism among those who are formally Christians.
    Nicolai A. Berdyaev (1874–1948)

    But they that hold God to be [an incorporeal substance] ... do absolutely make God to be nothing at all. But how? Were they atheists? No. For though by ignorance of the consequence they said that which was equivalent to atheism, yet in their hearts they thought God a substance ... So that this atheism by consequence is a very easy thing to be fallen into, even by the most godly men of the church.
    Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679)