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In a broad sense, atheism can be defined as the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. More narrowly, atheism is defined as the position that there are no deities, or the absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheism contrasts with theism, which is the belief that at least one deity exists. Those who acknowledge the possibility that a deity exists but do not themselves hold to any belief in a deity are agnostic, not atheistic. Antitheism is defined as an active opposition to theism. In a secular context, antitheism refers to a direct opposition to organized religion or to any belief in a deity. In a theistic context, it may refer to an opposition to a specific god or gods, but for the purpose of this category, we will be using the secular definition. Topics that relate specifically or primarily to atheism or antitheism are appropriate for this category.



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