The number of people who identify themselves as atheists in the United States has been steadily rising in recent years. According to the Pew Research Center, when asked about their religious identity, 2.4 percent of Americans say they are atheists, up from 1.6 percent in 2007.
Here are nine things you should know about atheism:
1. Atheism is the belief that there is no God or gods. But because that belief can be held dogmatically or conditionally, some atheists refer to positive atheism (also called strong or hard atheism) and negative atheism (also called weak or soft atheism). Continue reading