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Terms and Definitions

Atheism:

Negative or Weak   

Absence of belief in the existence of gods; skepticism or disbelief in the existence of gods.

Positive or Strong   

Positive assertion that particular gods do not exist.

Anti-Theist   

Belief or participation in active opposition to theism or theists.

 

Agnosticism:

Empirical   

Belief that the evidence for or against the existence of gods is inconclusive; the burden of proof rests on those who make positive claims in either direction.

Strict   

Belief that we cannot know for sure whether or not a god exists.

 

Humanism:

Humanist    

One who abides by the Humanist philosophy which stresses the inherent dignity and worth of each person, and asserts that every individual the capacity for self-actualization without the use of supernaturalism; includes many atheists agnostics.

humanist   

One who is concerned with the interests and welfare of human beings.

 

Theism:

Negative or Weak   

Belief in the existence of one or more gods.

Positive or Strong   

Positive assertion that (a) particular god(s) exist(s).

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