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Encyclopedia > Nontheistic

Nontheism or non-theism is the absence of belief in any gods. It includes atheism (both strong and weak) and some forms of agnosticism. People who do not believe in the existence of any deities, whether they absolutely reject the possibility or not, are nontheists. Religions and comparable philosophies which do not include any gods in their belief systems are nontheistic.

Compare with irreligion; contrast with theism.

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Nontheists and atheists, despite some depictions to the contrary, are not all (or even mostly) hedonistic anarchists who disregard the law and general rules of conduct.
Nontheists, theists, and atheists alike who are sane appreciate that their actions have consequences, and therefore all qualify for the third requirement of moral potential.
Nontheists and atheists are no less moral than any theist, especially those who claim that it is the fear of damnation or the reward of paradise that motivates them to treat others with love and respect and kindness.
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