What Is Atheism?

Atheism should always be encouraged (i.e. rationalistic not emotional atheism) for the sake of the Faith

- T.S. Eliot, Letter to Richard Aldington (24 February, 1927)

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Is belief in the existence of a God or gods the equivalent of believing that there are fairies at the bottom of the garden? Or can it be defended on the basis of reason or evidence? In this interview for Philosophy Bites  Anthony Grayling (A.C. Grayling), author of a recent book of essays, Against All Gods, gives a philosophical defence of atheism and explains why he believes it to be a well-grounded and ultimately life-affirming position to hold.

Listen to Anthony Grayling on Atheism

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Religion is on the decline, with nearly half of us in England and Wales – and more than half in Scotland – saying we have no religion. But is faith also on the wane? Religion and faith are often treated as synonymous. But as an atheist I am frequently told that I must have faith too, since I can no more prove that God does not exist than theists can prove he does.

To see if faith is weakening we have to go beneath the apparent mathematical precision of surveys to the vaguer ideas they attempt to quantify. Even religiosity is hard to measure. Around half of us may not be “religious” but other surveys tend to show that a fifth of us at most – probably less – are prepared to call ourselves atheists. The remainder reject organised religion with its hard-to-swallow doctrines and inconvenient rules, but they retain a belief in a spiritual dimension that is more religious than it is secular...

Continue reading Julian Baggini's article: Atheists don't need faith, any more than we need religion

Further Reading

Atheism is, in the broadest sense, the absence of belief in the existence of deities. Less broadly, atheism is the rejection of belief that any deities exist. In an even narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Atheism is contrasted with theism, which, in its most general form, is the belief that at least one deity exists.

The etymological root for the word atheism originated before the 5th century BCE from the ancient Greek ἄθεος (atheos), meaning "without god(s)". In antiquity it had multiple uses as a pejorative term applied to those thought to reject the gods worshiped by the larger society, those who were forsaken by the gods or those who had no commitment to belief in the gods...

Continue reading the Wikipedia article on Atheism

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 Faith | God | Religion

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