Recent Examples of atheist from the Web
Some have even heard me casually describe myself as an atheist.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas sued on behalf of four Arkansas residents — three who identify themselves as agnostics and one as atheist — who are members of a walking and cycling club whose routes include the state Capitol grounds.
Former Labor Party leader Ed Miliband, an atheist, tweeted: ‘‘Rev.
On Sunday, after 60 Minutes, a new drama, God Friended Me, will star Brandon Micheal Hall (The Mayor) as an atheist who accepts a friend request from a social-media account calling itself God, an act that leads to his helping people in need.
Hawking, however, did not believe in miracles of any kind and described himself as an atheist, most notably in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo in 2014.
Attendees cover the entire spectrum of spiritual faiths, from ardent believers to agnostics to atheists.
Highlights include a show where God sends a Facebook friend request to an atheist, creating a feel-good twist on Final Destination, and a show about spies that’s maybe also a rom-com.
Stanton portrays a 90-year-old atheist who comes to terms with his own mortality.
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How agnostic Differs from atheist
Many people are interested in distinguishing between the words agnostic and atheist. The difference is quite simple: atheist refers to someone who believes that there is no god (or gods), and agnostic refers to someone who doesn’t know whether there is a god, or even if such a thing is knowable. This distinction can be troublesome to remember, but examining the origins of the two words can help.
Agnostic first appeared in 1869, (possibly coined by the English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley), and was formed from the Greek agnōstos (meaning "unknown, unknowable"). Atheist came to English from the French athéisme. Although both words share a prefix (which is probably the source of much of the confusion) the main body of each word is quite different. Agnostic shares part of its history with words such as prognosticate and prognosis, words which have something to do with knowledge or knowing something. Atheist shares roots with words such as theology and theism, which generally have something to do with God.
ATHEIST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of atheist for English Language Learners
: a person who believes that God does not exist
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