Recent Examples of atheist from the Web
Despite the rise in the unaffiliated, who numbered 0.8% in 1966, Australia isn't necessarily becoming a country of atheists, Bouma told CNN.
An atheist group is asking an Alabama high school to end its practice of including religion in its graduation events.
Stevens, who describes himself as an atheist challenging the separation of church and state, has often invoked the devil as a way to get public institutions to stop favoring religions.
Where the two concerts are concerned: Islamic extremists view the United States as a symbol of moral decadence and see France as an atheist power that supports Western ideals and suppresses Islamic ways of life, according to The Guardian.
Trump declared, an absurd claim considering that Saudi Arabia is a theocracy where women can’t even drive and atheists are beheaded.
Scientists from countries recently at war or without diplomatic relations will work side by side — Muslims, Jews, Christians and atheists sharing the pursuit of knowledge.
Greg Lockwood, who presides over a church in Waldo, was a staunch atheist for much of his life.
And the ruling Chinese Communist party, militantly atheist but nonetheless claiming the right to regulate religion, is having an increasingly hard time keeping control.
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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
ATHEIST Defined for Kids
Definition of atheist for Students
: a person who believes there is no God
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