The Etymology of Atheism

Many people are mistaken about the etymology of the word “atheism.” They think it comes from an alpha-privative negation a- joined with theism, that is, they think

atheism  =  a- theism

or

atheism = the negation of theism

That is not where atheism comes from, however. ‘Atheism’ is in fact an older word than ‘theism.’  It comes originally from the Greek ἄθεος meaning ‘godless’ or ‘without god’.  The -ισμός is a later addition, which means “doctrine of” or “teaching of.”

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Philosophers of Internet Atheism

Philosophers of Internet Atheism – an Escaping Atheism original. Experience the wonder and diversity of thought of internet atheists in one convenient meme.

First in our weekly #MemeMonday series. Hopefully the series will last longer than one week. Thanks for reading!