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Non-theistic belief systems


Atheism: Either Lack of Belief in a God or
Goddess, or a Denial of their Existence.
Multiple definitions exist.

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atheist symbolSome quotations by and about Atheism and Atheists:

  • Anon: "Almost every American denies the existence of Artemis, Baal, Cybele, Fergus, Thor, Wotan, Zeus, and thousands of other gods and goddesses. The difference between a Christian and an Atheist is that an Atheist either actively denies the existence of the Trinity or has no belief in the Trinity. The difference is truly insignificant. It is only one deity among many thousands."

  • Epicurus (a Greek philosopher, 341 to 270 BCE): "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? "

  • Edward Gibbon: "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."

  • Richard Jeni: (Talking to a people who believe in the existence of different Gods): "You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend."

  • Stephen Roberts: (Talking to a person who believes in a God):"I contend that we are both Atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."

  • Pope Francis: The following is a false quote attributed incorrectly to Pope Francis on Facebook during 2014-DEC. "It is not necessary to believe in God to be a good person. In a way, the traditional notion of God is outdated. One can be spiritual but not religious. It is not necessary to go to church and give money — for many, nature can be a church. Some of the best people in history do not believe in God, while some of the worst deeds were done in His name."

  • Anon: If God exists, then she, he, it, or they are generally considered to be:
    • Omnipotent -- all powerful -- and thus can eliminate all evil;
    • Omniscient -- all knowing -- and thus knows how to eliminate all evil;
    • Morally perfect -- and thus desires to end all evil.

But evil continues exist. Therefore either God does not exist, or he is lacking at leaat one of the above attributes.

  • Isaac Asimov: "... "I prefer 'rationalism' to 'atheism.' The word 'atheist,' meaning 'no God,' is negative and defeatist. It says what you don't believe and puts you in an eternal position of defense. 'Rationalism' on the other hand states what you DO believe; that is, that which can be understood in the light of reason. The question of God and other mystical objects-of-faith are outside reason and therefore play no part in rationalism and you don't have to waste your time in either attacking or defending that which you rule out of your philosophy altogether. (From the book: "It's Been a Good Life: (Kindle Locations 139 to 142).

Unfortunately, there are different definitions in use for the word "Atheist." Many people firmly assert that only their own definition is correct.

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Countries where Atheism is illegal:

The following map is from the International Humanist and Ethical Union:

Red: Atheists can be arrested, tried, and executed if found "guilty." (All six states are predominately Muslim: Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan.)

Orange: Atheists can be arrested, tried, and imprisoned. (Egypt)

Yellow: (Yellow) Freedom of religious expression is restricted.

Countries where Atheism is illegal

It might be wise to stay away from the non-gray areas of the world, even as a visitor, unless you happen to follow the religion of the country.

The following list is from The Independent newspaper

  • 13 countries where Atheists can be executed (Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Soalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen)

  • In a few other countries, Atheists and Humanists have been mudered by religious extremists; in some cases, the police do not bother to thoroughly investigate the crimes.

  • 4 countries where Atheists can be imprisoned: (Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Malaysia)

  • One country where Atheists have reduced freedom of expression (Laos)

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Topics covered in this section:


About Atheism:

  • Discussion of some topics that may put Atheism in perspective:

Part 1:

  • A few quotatons.
  • Atheism is ambiguous and thus is difficult to write about and define.
  • Would the U.S. accept an Atheist president?

Part 2:

  • Are Atheists over or under represented among the prison population?
  • Why did God create Atheists? (A bit of a trick question!).
  • Five things for Christians and other theists to not say to Atheists.

Definitions of Atheism (There is no general consensus)

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What proof would it take for an Atheist to believe in God?


Stories about why people converted to Atheism or remained Atheists)


How non-Atheists view Atheists << A big section


Monuments to Atheism on public land


Atheist license plates, in Connecticut and Michigan:


Numbers of Atheists. Differences between Atheists & non-Atheists. Discrimination against Atheists: Part 1  Part 2


Pascal's Wager (Why it may be safer to be a Theist than an Atheist)


Some Atheism symbols: (atomic symbol, invisible pink unicorn, empty set symbol, ...)



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Essays by visitors to this web site:

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Newsfeed from Atheist sources


The other is supplied by About.com's Agnostic/Atheism site

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