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 Definition Absence of belief in any god or other supernatural beings; distinct from antitheism, or opposition to religion, and agnosticism, the position that one cannot know whether such beings exist. [d] [e]

Please see CZ:WP2CZ; either work on this actually to improve it, or we'll delete it. --Larry Sanger 08:23, 23 March 2007 (CDT)

Basic cleanup done, wikilinks, templates, and some superfluous redlinks removed. Simon Yee 22:05, 26 May 2007 (CDT)

The left-hand, CZ, side of the page is blank, at least chez moi. Ro Thorpe 14:33, 23 February 2008 (CST) - Still all is empty or in tiny print on the edges - Ro Thorpe 19:51, 3 December 2008 (UTC)


Definitions may need thinking about. Popular usage is that

  1. an atheist is someone who positively believes there's no god
  2. an agnostic is someone who has no belief either way, but doesn't necessarily believe it's impossible to answer the question

If academic usage is different from popular usage the article should make the distinctions clear. Peter Jackson 10:42, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

I agree with Peter. I have made one small addition accordingly, but the general structure of the article is unsatisfactory. --Martin Wyatt 20:38, 17 May 2014 (UTC)
I agree with both Peter and Martin. I am absent belief in the existence of gods—a 'weak' atheist—and I believe gods do not exist—a 'strong' atheist. Do we need a taxonomy of 'atheist', er, I mean of 'non-theist'? See 17 Kinds of Atheism. Anthony.Sebastian 22:49, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
Interesting. Historical usages might complicate things still further. For example, ancient pagans sometimes called Christians atheists because they denied nearly all gods. Peter Jackson 10:30, 15 July 2014 (UTC)