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Existence/Reemergence: Prehistory/mid 1600s
Adherents: 1.1 billion
Ranking: Third—behind Christianity (2.1B) and Islam (1.5B)
Influential Figures/Prophets: There are many famous people in many walks of life who identify as Atheists or Agnostics. Google "famous atheists" and "famous agnostics" for extensive lists of authors, scientists, entertainers, etc. with these identities.
Symbol/s: Nothing official; Atomic Whirl, Darwin Fish for some
Terms and Fundamental Precepts:
Atheism—Non-belief in god or gods; belief that a supernatural deity does not exist
Strong or Positive Atheism—Positive belief that no god or gods exist
Weak or Negative Atheism—Simple lack of belief in god or gods
Positive Atheism (second meaning)—Atheist movement to live atheism in a positive way, esp. through consistency and truthfulness in personal ethics
Functional Atheism—Living without reference to religious teachings concerning god/s, but without self-identifying as an atheist, possibly attending church, etc.; a 'closeted' or unrealized atheist
Agnosticism—Lack of either belief or disbelief in God; a sense of "I do not know" if a god or gods exist; or a sense that "no one can know" whether a god or gods exist. One who believes there can be no proof of the existence of God, but does not deny the possibility that God exists.
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