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Atheism can be either the rejection of theism, or the position that deities do not exist. In the broadest sense, it is the absence of belief in the existence of deities.

The term atheism originated from the Greek (atheos), which was derogatively applied to anyone thought to believe in false gods, no gods, or doctrines that stood in conflict with established religions. 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 self-identify as "atheist" appeared in the 18th century. Today, about 2.3% of the world's population describes itself as atheist, while a further 11.9% is described as nontheist.

Atheism tends towards skepticism regarding supernatural claims, citing a lack of empirical evidence. Common rationales include the problem of evil, the argument from inconsistent revelations, and the argument from nonbelief. Other arguments for atheism range from the philosophical to the social to the historical.

In Western culture, atheists are frequently assumed to be irreligious or unspiritual. However, religious and spiritual belief systems such as forms of Buddhism that do not advocate belief in gods, have also been described as atheistic. Although some atheists tend toward secular philosophies such as humanism, rationalism, and naturalism, there is no one ideology or set of behaviors to which all atheists adhere. More »

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  • The God Delusion

    The God Delusion
    By Richard Dawkins

    A preeminent scientist -- and the world's most prominent atheist -- asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has infl...

    $7.88

     
  • For Small Creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World

    For Small Creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World
    By Sasha Sagan

    "A charming book, ringing with the joy of existence." -- Richard Dawkins"This lyrical exploration of how we can find beauty in the natural world comes...

    $15.83

     
  • Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide

    Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide
    By Richard Dawkins

    Should we believe in God? In this brisk introduction to modern atheism, one of the world’s greatest science writers tells us why we shouldn’t.Rich...

    $12.29

     
  • The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions

    The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions
    By David Berlinski

    Bestselling author David Berlinski's wise and witty assault on the pretensions of the scientific atheistsMilitant atheism is on the rise. In recent ye...

    $15.39

     
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
    By Christopher Hitchens

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's recent bestseller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the u...

    $6.96

     
  • The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American

    The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American
    By Andrew L Seidel & Dan Barker

    Do “In God We Trust,” the Declaration of Independence, and other historical “evidence” prove that America was founded on Judeo-Christian princ...

    $15.09

     
  • Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt

    Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt
    By Alec Ryrie

    “How has unbelief come to dominate so many Western societies? The usual account invokes the advance of science and rational knowledge. Ryrie’s alt...

    $19.09

     
  • Five Proofs of the Existence of God

    Five Proofs of the Existence of God
    By Edward Feser

    This book provides a detailed, updated exposition and defense of five of the historically most important (but in recent years largely neglected) philo...

    $14.63

     
  • Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam

    Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam
    By Yasmine Mohammed

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel meets The Handmaid's TaleSince September 11th, 2001, the Western world has been preoccupied with Islam and its role in terro...

    $16.66

     
  • Letter to a Christian Nation

    Letter to a Christian Nation
    By Sam Harris

    From the new afterword by the author:Humanity has had a long fascination with blood sacrifice. In fact, it has been by no means uncommon for a child t...

    $5.04