atheism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n atheism a lack of belief in the existence of God or gods
    • n atheism the doctrine or belief that there is no God
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Atheism Godlessness.
    • Atheism The disbelief or denial of the existence of a God, or supreme intelligent Being. "Atheism is a ferocious system, that leaves nothing above us to excite awe, nor around us to awaken tenderness.""Atheism and pantheism are often wrongly confounded."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n atheism The doctrine that there is no God; denial of the existence of God.
    • n atheism The denial of theism, that is, of the doctrine that the great first cause is a supreme, intelligent, righteous person.
    • n atheism A practical indifference to and disregard of God; godlessness. [In the first sense above given, atheism is to be discriminated from pantheism, which denies the personality of God, and from agnosticism, which denies the possibility of positive knowledge concerning him. In the second sense, atheism includes both pantheism and agnosticism.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Atheism ā′the-izm disbelief in the existence of God
    • v.i Atheism and v.t. A′theise, to talk or write as an atheist
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
    Francis%20Bacon
    “Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.”
  • Francis Bacon
    Francis%20Bacon
    “Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.”
  • Francis Bacon
    Francis%20Bacon
    “It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.”
  • Ronald Dunn
    Ronald Dunn
    “Atheism is easy in fair weather.”
  • Plato
    Plato
    “There are few people so stubborn in their atheism who when danger is pressing in will not acknowledge the divine power.”
  • Jean Paul
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    “Despair is the only genuine atheism.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. athéisme,. See Atheist

Usage

In literature:

Atheism must in fairness be acknowledged to have much mended its manners within the last two or three generations.
"Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics" by William Thomas Thornton
Cheating, Mr. Atheism, and another; thirteen of them in all.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
And this would bring us to the verge of Atheism.
"The Calvinistic Doctrine of Predestination Examined and Refuted" by Francis Hodgson
Voltaire says, that he was an Atheist, and taught Atheism.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
Whatever fault is in Atheism, it is no danger to human society.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Shelley, chafing at the Church of England, discovered the cure of all evils in universal atheism.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He was condemned for his atheism and thrown into prison, but, escaping, he was obliged to end his days in exile.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
In 1546, Etienne Dolet, the printer, was hanged and then burned, for impiety and atheism, on the Place Maubert where his statue now stands.
"Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Volume 1" by William Walton
I shall transcribe a few lines; surely they are no evidence of Atheism!
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
Mr. Saunders, so far as his atheism was concerned, was suggested by Professor Clifford.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
Imbruted by atheism, he entered his cell with a merry song and a joke.
"Maria Antoinette" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Then the atheism which avers that the world stands still, or moves only in a circle, will no longer be possible.
"God and Mr. Wells" by William Archer
Mossoos might smoke it, but good, solid John Bull suspected it of being a kick-shaw not unconnected with Atheism.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
It was imbued with atheism and the philosophy of Rousseau.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
As to the Christian system of faith, it appears to me as a species of atheism; a sort of religious denial of God.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
The denial of witchcraft was a phase of prevalent atheism.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
The substance is atheism.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
Every departure from Calvinism is a step towards atheism.
"Crestlands" by Mary Addams Bayne
At Athens, however, he was charged with impiety and atheism.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Yes, vice begets atheism, materialism, and every other abortion of thought.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
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In poetry:

If you are prophet,
Cleanse me from this spell
Deliver me from this atheism...
Your love is like atheism...so purify me from this atheism
"Letter From Under The Sea" by Nizar Qabbani

In news:

It is my opinion that atheism is a belief system and the very fact that we are being forced into an " atheistic " government could be construed to be unconstitutional.
African Americans for Humanism to put up atheism billboard in Dallas.
Atheism , Meaning & God, Part 2.
Tim Tebow is making me question my atheism .
Penn Jillette, Hayekian magician extraordinaire, attributes his atheism and his libertarianism to the credo, "I don't know" which sums up his take on government and god: What makes me libertarian is what makes me an atheist .
Harvard's prophet of atheism .
All Blogs Dont Quote Me New in the Phoenix: Harvard's prophet of atheism .
"If you claim evolution makes you an atheist or legitimates atheism or is the route to atheism , then you're really moving beyond the constraints of science," Russell said.
In "Catholicism and the New Atheism " Richard J Gaillardetz asks if there is anything in atheist critiques of the church that might be accurate and worth correcting.
Vonnegut argues against his own atheism .
The regimes of Hitler, Stalin and Mao did not come into being in order to defend atheism .
William Safire may have a valid point in deploring officially inspired atheism in the Soviet Union ("Flirting With God," column, Dec 25), but he weakens his argument when he links Russian drinking habits with irreligion.
That's a noble point of view: that Christianity and atheism should compete fairly in the marketplace of ideas.
"Walk away from atheism ".
Atheism in Saudi Arabia is considered an extremely sensitive taboo and a serious crime, so atheists can be hard to come by in the theocratic Middle Eastern kingdom.
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In science:

Atheism, sex, and databases: The net as a social technology. Culture of the Internet. S.
Profiling Internet Users' Participation in Social Change Agendas: An application of Q methodology
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