Sunday Terminology: Atheism


Atheism in the Greek αθεος [1], meaning without God is a position that denies the existence of any deity. It is the opposite of theism which believes in the existence of God. Atheism simply rejects the belief that there is no need for a supernatural being to justify the existence of this universe. “Atheism views the universe as “all there is” – there is nothing beyond it – and atheists believe the universe arose purely by chance, without any intelligent cause whatsoever.”[2] They also believe that God is man’s invention, hence devil does not exist either. Atheism views that absolute moral values do not have their independent existence by which we live. So, morality is either determined by the given situation or is relative.

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Footnotes:

[1] αθεος first appeared in the Epistles to the Ephesians 2:12 on the 3rd century Papyrus 46 (P46) in the New Testament, referring to those who were living without God. Nevertheless, this word is not found in the Koine Greek Version of the Old Testament.

[2] Norman Geisler and Joseph Holden, Living Loud: Defending your Faith (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Pub., 2002), 72. Print.

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