The definition of atheism

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Cliteur, Paul
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2009
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One of the central elements of the secularist tradition is atheism. Atheism has a long history and is nowadays again heavily debated. This article tries to present a reflection on the nature of atheism. The central thesis is that atheism is often misunderstood. The most fruitful definition of atheism is a negative one: an atheist does not believe in the god that theism favors. The concept of atheism should be carefully distinguished from the motives that some people have not to believe in the theistic god. The confusion of these two things is responsible for much needless controversy about atheism.
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Cliteur, Paul. (2009), The definition of atheism. Journal of Religion & Society, 11.
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Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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1522-5658
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