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theist

I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. --Stephen F. Roberts

A theist is someone who denies the existence of all gods except one; an atheism denier.

A theist believes in at least one god but denies the existence of many other gods. For example, a believer in the Christian god denies the existence of Zeus, Thor, Danu, Athena, Horus, and thousands of other gods.

Theists usually believe that some sort of god created man. Atheists, on the other hand, believe that man created all the gods out of his imagination.

See also anti-theism, theism and my review of The God Delusion.

further reading

books

Hecht, Jennifer Michael. 2004.  Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson. HarperOne.

Jacoby, Susan. (2005). Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism. Owl Books.

Lalli, Nica. 2007. Nothing - something to believe in. Prometheus.

news story

Belief in God Far Lower in Western U.S. (Overall, 93% believe in a god or a Higher Power. "Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,017 national [United States] adults, aged 18 and older, conducted May 8-11, 2008. For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points."  Less than half the population of the UK believe in God.)

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