Atheism, also known as irreligion, is the lack of belief in God or gods. A person who believes in atheism is called an atheist. Agnosticism is a related belief, that the existence of God is unproven or cannot be proven, but which also doesn't say for certain that there is no God.
The opposite of atheism is theism, the belief that there is one or more gods.
Reasons for atheism[edit | edit source]
There are many reasons for why a person might be atheist. Just like some people are raised in a certain religion (for example, if your parents are Catholic then it is likely you are as well), some people are the children of atheists and were never "taught" any religion when they grew up. Other people become atheists later in life. Common reasons include because they don't think there is enough evidence for God, or because of some philosophical argument for why the existence of God is unlikely or impossible.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Atheism." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- Webster's Dictionary.