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What does atheist mean?
An atheist is a person who does not believe in the existence of a supreme being or deity. In other words, an atheist is a person who does not believe in the existence of God or of any gods.
The belief or doctrine that denies the existence of gods or supreme beings is atheism. Atheist can also be used as an adjective to describe such beliefs or things involving such beliefs. The adjective atheistic can be used in the same way.
The word atheist means something different from the word agnostic, which refers to a person who believes it is impossible to know whether or not a supreme being exists. When asked if God or gods exist, an atheist would answer “No,” while an agnostic would answer “It is impossible to know.”
Example: Being an atheist doesn’t mean I think God is bad—it means that I think God doesn’t exist.
Where does atheist come from?
The first records of the word atheist come from around 1570. It comes from the Greek áthe(os), meaning “godless.” In atheist, the beginning part a- means “without” and the main root is based on a word meaning “god” (the words theology and theist are based on the same root). The noun suffix -ist indicates a person who holds certain beliefs.
Historically, being known as an atheist has been dangerous—many atheists have even been tortured or killed, such as in societies that require adherence to a specific religion. Even today, many atheists face discrimination. Many support policies that ensure that religious freedom applies even to those who do not follow any faith.
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How is atheist used in real life?
The word atheist is the most common way of referring to a person who doesn’t believe in the existence of a god or gods. Many people use the word to identify themselves in this way.
— American Atheists (@AmericanAtheist) December 15, 2020
As an atheist Unitarian-Universalist, I get the best of both ends of the curve https://t.co/FT2QTPNupM
— Jonathan Tweet (@JonathanMTweet) December 13, 2020
Mutual respect between theists & atheists will greatly improve when we wholeheartedly embrace freedom of & freedom from religion. This means schools may teach children about all religions & atheism, but may not impose/indoctrinate any one in particular.
— Impiety (@NoHolyScripture) October 27, 2019
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The word atheist refers to a person who has a fear or distrust of religious people.
Example sentences from the Web for atheist
An atheist, on the other hand, may say we simply evolved free will along with other cognitive abilities that distinguish us from our mammalian cousins and ancestors.Do We Have Free Will? Maybe It Doesn't Matter - Facts So Romantic|Jim Davies|April 7, 2021|Nautilus
Though I am an atheist, I am not without respect for people of faith — even fanatics, who despite some shortcomings have an impressive zeal.Gene Weingarten: For a week I recorded my dreams. Here are my political prophecies.|Gene Weingarten|March 18, 2021|Washington Post
Just as briefly, he toned down Hustler’s content, then returned to normal operations and announced he was an atheist.Larry Flynt, pornographer and self-styled First Amendment champion, dies at 78|Paul W. Valentine|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
Just going off his letter to Gutkind, Einstein appears to be an atheist.How Einstein Reconciled Religion to Science - Facts So Romantic|Brian Gallagher|November 25, 2020|Nautilus
He was “rebel and an atheist,” members of his family said, yet he requested a traditional Jewish burial and is now resting near his mother and Orthodox Jewish grandparents.Bruce Sklarew, psychiatrist who created grief-therapy program, dies at 88|Bart Barnes|November 5, 2020|Washington Post
An atheist counsels his fellow non-believers on how not to talk to people of faith.
From here I have the chance to blog in Arabic and in English as “Proud Atheist,” but I am now effectively in exile.
Waleed Al Husseini spent 10 months in Palestinian prison for being an atheist blogger.
All religions condemn lying, but Alicia Florrick likely will not be elected if she runs as an atheist.
Alicia is a devout atheist, if devout can be used to describe someone who does not believe in a God.
But the eternal existence of these stars is the very thing which the atheist is concerned to prove.Gospel Philosophy|J. H. Ward
The speculating atheist, the theist will tell us, may be an honest man, but his writings will cause atheism in politics.Superstition In All Ages (1732)|Jean Meslier
First, there is the "atheist formula" of 'art for the sake of art';—a heresy he scourged with pontifical anathemas.The Life of Mazzini|Bolton King
It is then equally false to represent him as an atheist or as an orthodox Christian.My Recollections of Lord Byron|Teresa Guiccioli
It is only what the Atheist has said, minus the capital letters.Theism or Atheism|Chapman Cohen