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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
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.
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.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism|Regina Lizik|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her hyperrealist paintings are so powerful that they converted her atheist parents to Christians.
These are all fruitful options to pursue for any atheist interested in challenging the immoral stereotypes we have.Loud, Proud, and Atheist: ‘Openly Secular’ Encourages Nonbelievers to Come Out of the Closet|Vlad Chituc|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nature in an agony is no atheist; the soul that knows not where to fly, flies to God.Christianity and Greek Philosophy|Benjamin Franklin Cocker
"I called you an atheist," returned the missionary, harshly.The Rainbow Trail|Zane Grey
Many a man who professed himself an atheist has now seen what Christianity really means.The Potter and the Clay|Arthur F. Winnington Ingram
Danton also, the second Titan of the Revolution, was an Atheist.Flowers of Freethought|George W. Foote
I do not doubt it; but they all say that you are an atheist.Dona Perfecta|B. Perez Galdos