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agnosticism, atheism

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Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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203 words

...atheism . For a devout believer like Trollope , these were alien concepts. When the Fortnightly Review was founded ( 1865 ), he wanted to exclude from the pages of this expressly liberal periodical any material that called into question the basis of the Christian faith; and when he interviewed the intellectual John *Morley for the editorship, he challenged his agnosticism outright. In Orley Farm Trollope mounts a ferocious attack on the atheistic hedonism of the commercial traveller Mr Moulder and his friends, ‘pigs out of the sty of...

atheism and agnosticism

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The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Philosophy
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203 words

... and agnosticism . Atheism is ostensibly the doctrine that there is no God. Some atheists support this claim by arguments. But these arguments are usually directed against the Christian concept of God, and are largely irrelevant to other possible gods. Thus much Western atheism may be better understood as the doctrine that the Christian God does not exist. Agnosticism may be strictly personal and confessional—‘I have no firm belief about God’—or it may be the more ambitious claim that no one ought to have a positive belief for or against the divine...

Atheism and Agnosticism

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Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
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3,540 words
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... and Agnosticism . Atheism in the modern world has both theoretical and practical manifestations, and developed mainly in reaction to Christian theology. The word has meant different things at different times: bad behavior, scoffing at holy things, irreligion, wrong religion (as in the controversies among Christians that followed the Reformation), or a well-thought-out rejection of God and religion. In the West, atheism is usually a rejection of God as understood in Christianity. Western European societies traditionally feared and hated “atheism” and...

‘Atheism, The Necessity of’

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
Length:
80 words

...Atheism, The Necessity of’ A prose pamphlet by P. B. Shelley and his friend Thomas Jefferson Hogg , published anonymously at Oxford, 1811 . Using the sceptical arguments of David Hume and John Locke , the authors—then both undergraduates—smartly demolish the grounds for a rational belief in the Deity. Shelley and Hogg were both expelled from the university for circulating the work to heads of colleges and to bishops, and for ‘contumacy’ (obstinate disobedience) in refusing to answer questions about...

‘Atheism, The Necessity of’

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
Length:
80 words

...Atheism, The Necessity of’ A prose pamphlet by P. B. Shelley and his friend Thomas Jefferson Hogg , published anonymously at Oxford, 1811 . Using the sceptical arguments of David Hume and John Locke , the authors—then both undergraduates—smartly demolish the grounds for a rational belief in the Deity. Shelley and Hogg were both expelled from the university for circulating the work to heads of colleges and to bishops, and for ‘contumacy’ (obstinate disobedience) in refusing to answer questions about it....

atheism

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
27 words

... XVI. — Fr. athéisme , f. Gr. átheos , f. A- 4 + theós god; see -ISM So atheist XVI. — F. athéiste or It. ateista ; hence atheistic XVII, atheistical...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... the theory or belief that God does not exist. The word comes (in the late 16th century, via French) from Greek atheos , from a- ‘without’ + theos ...

atheism

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Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary: English-Spanish (4 ed.)

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
Length:
6 words
atheism

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
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5 words
atheism

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Pocket Oxford German Dictionary: English German (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2012
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Bilingual dictionaries
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