Recent Examples of atheist from the Web
Weinstein said that 16 of the 26 petitioners identify as Christians — including Roman Catholics and several Protestants — with the rest a mix of Jews, Native American, Shintoists, Buddhists, atheists and agnostics.
Journalist Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of Italian newspaper La Repubblica and a prominent atheist thinker with whom the Pope has struck up a friendship.
Of those with such attitudes, 49 percent were Muslim, 17 percent Christian and 14 percent atheist.
Facing a legal battle, Hill soon seeks help from his estranged brother -- a big-city lawyer and atheist -- in a fight to help rebuild the church.
Like someone once said, there are no atheists in foxholes.
Emeritus fellow at the University of Oxford and renowned atheist author Richard Dawkins claims that a combination of similar last names and naive news producers has confused him for Stephen Hawking.
The universal observance of Christmas is not a bad analogy: Skepticism about the Nativity doesn’t stop atheists exchanging Christmas presents.
One user said four men were coming to kill him, while others called him an infidel or an atheist, a potentially fatal accusation in a conservative Muslim country.
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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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