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Atheism

Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is the absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheis... m is contrasted with theism, which, in its most general form, is the belief that at least one deity exists.The term "atheism" originated from the Greek ἄθεος, meaning "without god", used as a pejorative term applied to those thought to reject the gods worshiped by the larger society. With the spread of freethought, skeptical inquiry, and subsequent increase in criticism of religion, application of the term narrowed in scope. The first individuals to identify themselves using the word "atheist" lived in the 18th century. Some ancient and modern religions are referred to as atheistic, as they either have no concepts of deities or deny a creator deity, yet still revere other god-like entities.Arguments for atheism range from the philosophical to social and historical approaches   more
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Religion

A religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. Many religions have narratives, symbols, and sacred histories that are intended to explain the meaning of life and/or ... to explain the origin of life or the Universe. From their beliefs about the cosmos and human nature, people derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferred lifestyle. According to some estimates, there are roughly 4,200 religions in the world.Many religions may have organized behaviors, clergy, a definition of what constitutes adherence or membership, holy places, and scriptures. The practice of a religion may also include rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration of a deity, gods or goddesses, sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trance, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service or other aspects of human culture. Religions may also contain mythology   more
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PetersSmith says2015-07-11T15:58:05.0843283-05:00
Don't you mean atheism or theism?
UtherPenguin says2015-07-11T17:22:02.9749666-05:00
Flamewar imminent.
reece says2015-07-11T17:36:22.5585036-05:00
@russian_metaphor_man I can respect personal religion.
58539672 says2015-07-11T23:12:07.4765925-05:00
Haven't we seen enough of these kind of polls? They're starting to get tedious.

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