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What is atheism?
Atheism comes from two Greek words `a' meaning without and
`theos' meaning God. It is separated into two forms:
1. Negative atheism: also known as weak atheism. This is a
lack of belief in God/gods but without a positive denial of
God's existence. A negative atheist may be someone who
has never even considered the possibility of God e.g. a small
child. Alternatively someone may have come to the
conclusion that a belief in God can't be justified e.g. Satre.
2. Positive atheism: also known as strong atheism. Makes a
definitive metaphysical claim that God does not exist.
Positive atheism must be conscious and a positive atheist
must have reasons for why they believe God does not exist.
Two examples of positive atheists include Richard Dawkins
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What is agnosticism?
Agnosticism derives from the Greek words `without knowledge'.
Agnostics neither believe nor disbelieve in God. Someone could
be agnostic for many different reasons for example:
· They are suspending judgment one way or another until there
is sufficient data e.g. the psychologist Jung
· The arguments for and against the existence of God seem
equally convincing and probable so there is no point coming
down on one side or the other
· They may believe it is simply not possible for us to ever know if
there is or isn't a God e.g. David Hume. Hume is an empiricist
who believes we can only gain knowledge through the 5
senses and so knowledge of God, or a lack of God, is not
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Reasons for the rise of atheism
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