Atheism
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A. In Philosophy

1. Concept and incidence. Philosophically speaking atheism means denial of the existence of God or of any (and not merely of a rational) possibility of knowing God (theoretical atheism). In those who hold this theoretical atheism, it may be tolerant (and even deeply concerned), if it has no missionary aims; it is “militant” when it regards itself as a doctrine to be propagated for the happiness of mankind and combats every religion as a …

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Karl Rahner, “Atheism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 28 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_000340>
First published online: 2016



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