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atheism

Subject: Religion

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 ‘god’.

Creationism

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Encyclopedia of Evolution

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005

...of an intrinsic human propensity to sin or to disobey God. Cain, D. “ Let There Be Light. ” Eternity (May 1982): 30–31. Graphical contrast of fourteen “literal” interpretations of Genesis. Dawkins, R. The Blind Watchmaker . New York, 1986. Argues that evolution makes atheism intellectually respectable (but see Ruse, 2001). Gould, S. J. “ Non-overlapping Magisteria. ” Natural History 106.2 (1997): 16–22, 60–62. Gould, S. J. Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life . New York, 1999. Good review of the controversy and an eloquent...

holism

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The Oxford Companion to the Body

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
1,093 words

...The political geography of twentieth-century holism was extremely complex. Conservatives and liberals, fascists and communists, feminists and male chauvinists, racists and internationalists were all known to help themselves to holist rhetoric. Variously opposing alienation, atheism, bureaucracy, democracy, free-market capitalism, industrialism, mass culture, and metropolitan life, some holists have sought to defend human individuality as an absolute, whilst others have subsumed individuals into groups, be they classes, nations or — as most notoriously in...

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