1. What Does the Term “Atheism” Mean?
Nathan G. Alexander [+]
This chapter first looks at the ancient Greek roots of the word “atheism,” and raises questions about both the “a-“ and the “theism” parts of the word. Next, the chapter considers the word’s various definitions through history and the distinction between “positive” and “negative” atheism. Finally, the chapter examines how we should decide which definition of “atheism” to choose.