from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who does not believe or have faith, as in God or a philosophy.
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- n. a person who does not believe; especially regarding religion.
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- n. someone who refuses to believe (as in a divinity)
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On another hand, it's a wakeup call to believers who sit by while unimaginable evils occur in the name of Jesus and say nothing other besides defensively whining that "all Christians aren't like that," or that the person reacting in grief and outrage is simply "persecuting Christians" because he's a "nonbeliever" (whether he's a nonbeliever or not.)
Even with that bias, Winn still ended up quoting Ahmad Dallal, a professor at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, who said the TV network, in not translating "nonbeliever" as "infidel," was simply reflecting the "diversity" of opinions on religious belief currently found in the Arab world.
What strikes me about the "nonbeliever" movement is the energy it expends trying to establish, and ultimately legitimize, a public footprint.
You could reach the age of 22 without ever meeting a "nonbeliever," someone to challenge your beliefs.
The new government’s policies had been like the ones mandated by ancient high priests, where everyone was either a believer or a nonbeliever—and where the nonbeliever was a sinner to be eradicated through conversion or death.
In addition, that same belonging nonbeliever is likely to be a better neighbor than a comparable nonbeliever who never enters church.
"What's a king to a god/What's a god to a nonbeliever."
As a “nonbeliever”, even anti-religion, I was startled to hear the President even mention the fact that there might be “nonbelievers”, and, further, that such folk have a voice and rights, too.
Ms. Perez says she occasionally comes across skeptics, but "there's always going to be a nonbeliever in the audience."
The ad put up in Columbus by the Freedom From Religion Foundation featured the beaming face of a local nonbeliever and the man's message: "I can be good without God."