Atheist vs Paganism - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between atheist and paganism

is that atheist is atheist while paganism is indigenous and polytheistic religions.

atheist

Noun

(en noun)
  • (narrowly) A person who believes that no deities exist (qualifier).
  • * {{quote-book, date = 1571-10-20
  • , first = Arthur , last = Golding , chapter = The Epistle Dedicatory , title = Psalmes of Dauid and others, with M. 's Commentaries , url = http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/calvin/cc08/cc08004.htm , passage = Ageine, the Atheistes , which say in their hartes there is no God; }}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date = 1953-11-03
  • , first = Bertrand , last = Russell , authorlink = Bertrand Russell , title = What is an Agnostic? , magazine = Look , url = http://scepsis.ru/eng/articles/id_5.php , passage = An atheist', like a Christian, holds that we ''can'' know whether or not there is a God. The Christian holds that we can know there is a God; the ' atheist , that we can know there is not. }}
  • (broadly) A person who rejects belief that any deities exist (whether or not that person believes that deities do not exist).
  • * {{quote-magazine, year = 1843
  • , title = A Reciprocal Dialogue , first = G. J. , last = Holyoake , authorlink = George Holyoake , editors = Paterson, Thomas , magazine = , volume = 2 , issue = 64 , page = 89 , url = http://books.google.com/books?id=1apbAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA89&dq=atheism , passage = Minister—Are you really an Atheist ?
    Atheist—Yes.
    M.—Do you deny that there is a god?
    A.—No. I deny that there is sufficient reason to believe there is one. There may be a god, but I think it rather unlikely. }}
  • * {{quote-book, date = 2006-09-18
  • , first = Richard , last = Dawkins , title = The God Delusion , publisher = Houghton Mifflin , location = Boston , chapter = The God Hypothesis , page = 51 , edition = 1st Am. , isbn = 978-0618680009 , lccn = 2006015506 , id = , ol = 7606171M , url = http://books.google.com/books?id=yq1xDpicghkC&pg=PA73 , passage = Very low probability, but short of zero. De facto atheist . ‘I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there.’ }}
  • (loosely) A person who has no belief in any deities, such as a person who has no concept of deities.
  • * {{quote-book, year = 1772
  • , original = Le Bon-Sens, ou, Idées Naturelles opposées aux Idées Surnaturelles , by = , year_published = 2004 , title = Good Sense without God: Or Freethoughts Opposed to Supernatural Ideas , location = London , publisher = W. Stewart , section = §30 , page = 21 , url = http://books.google.com/books?id=vTqR5r1_DqYC&pg=PA21 , passage = All children are born Atheists ; they have no idea of God. Are they then criminal on account of their ignorance? }}
  • * {{quote-book, year = 1910
  • , title = The Vermont Digest 1789-1905 , publisher = Free Press Printing Co , location = Burlington , volume = 2 , url = http://books.google.com/books?id=HlgWAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR137 , passage = Atheists. One who does not believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, an atheist , is incompetent as a witness, being incapable of being sworn. [...] Changed by Acts of 1851, No. 12 (P. S. 1593), under which, no question can be raised as to a witness's "opinions on matters of religious belief." }}
  • (loosely, uncommon) A person who does not believe in a particular deity (or any deity in a particular pantheon), notwithstanding that they may believe in another deity.
  • * {{quote-book, year = 1840
  • , first = Edward , last = Gibbon , authorlink = Edward Gibbon , title = The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , edition = new , volume = 1 , chapter = 16 , page = 183 , passage = Malice and pejudice concurred in representing the christians(SIC) as a society of atheists , who, by the most daring attack on the religious constitution of the empire, had merited the severest animadversion of the civil magistrate. }}
  • * {{quote-video, year = 2002
  • , month = February , first = Richard , last = Dawkins , title = Richard Dawkins on militant atheism , work = TED , url = http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/richard_dawkins_on_militant_atheism.html , passage = An atheist' is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor or Baal or the golden calf. As has been said before, we are all ' atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. }}

    Synonyms

    * nontheist

    Antonyms

    * theist

    Hypernyms

    * (neologism)

    Quotations

    See also

    * agnostic * deist * pandeist * ignostic * apatheist

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Of or relating to atheists or atheism; atheistic.
  • * ,
  • He would have been seven times more Epicure and atheist than he was.

    Anagrams

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    paganism

    Noun

  • Indigenous and polytheistic religions.
  • Most people in that region practise their own form of paganism .
  • A class of religions often associated with nature rituals.
  • While paganism is a broad term, most forms pay close attention to the lunar and solar cycles.

    See also

    * Christianity * heathen * heathendom * heathenism * gentile