What is Atheism?

Definition

Simply put, Atheism is a position on singular issue; the existence of a god or gods. Atheism is not a world view. It is not a religion. It does not have a set of rules or guidelines. It does not have a holy book or a prophet. It is simply the rejection of belief in a Deity.

Demographics

The exact number or atheists are difficult to quantify as there are many who do not believe in a god but don’t self identify as atheists. Several polls indicate that there is a large number of people who identify with a religion like Catholic, Protestant or Muslim but reject the belief in god. In fact in Iraq, if you are born to Muslim parents, you are labeled as a Muslim minutes after you are born and this stays on your official record until the day you die. There are also those who identify as non-religious but not atheists.

According to a study called the Global Index of Religion and Atheism by WIN-Gallup International, the number of atheists is on the rise across the world while religiosity is generally declining. It reported that 13% reported to be “convinced atheists”. The top ten countries with people who viewed themselves as “convinced atheists” were China (47%), Japan (31%), the Czech Republic (30%), France (29%), South Korea (15%), Germany (15%), Netherlands (14%), Austria (10%), Iceland (10%), Australia (10%) and the Republic of Ireland (10%). The top ten countries with people who described themselves as “a religious person” were Ghana (96%), Nigeria (93%), Armenia (92%), Fiji (92%), Macedonia (90%), Romania (89%), Iraq (88%), Kenya (88%), Peru (86%), and Brazil (85%).

Proportion of Atheists and Agnostics Around the World.

Proportion of Atheists and Agnostics Around the World.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s