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Atheists There are quite a few people who have made important contributions to atheism, scepticism, agnosticism and religious critique through history. This page serves as an index to a series of short biographies of some of those individuals. Included here are historians, philosophers, statesmen, lawyers, scientists and more. Although separated by time and profession, what unites them is a common interest in reason, skepticism and critical thinking - in particular when it comes to traditional beliefs and religious dogmas. This has played an important role in the development of religion and theology over the centuries because the challenges and questions posed by these and similar individuals could not simply be ignored. There are perhaps as many reasons for being an atheist as there are atheists. What I mean by this is that the road to atheism tends to be very personal and individual, based upon the specific circumstances of a person's life, experiences, and attitudes. Nevertheless, it is possible to describe some general similarities which tend to be common among quite a few atheists, particularly atheists in the West. It is, however, important to remember that nothing in these general descriptions is necessarily common to all atheists, and even when atheists do share characteristics, it cannot be assumed that they are shared to the same degree. A particular reason might play a very large role for one atheist, a very small role for another, and absolutely no role whatsoever for a third. You can reasonably assume that these generalities may be true, but to find out if they are true and how true, it is necessary to ask. On... ... middle of paper ... ...t Einstein was a believer in God. The Rabbi Nathan Krass said that "the religion of Albert Einstein will not be approved by certain sectarians but it must and will be approved by the Jews." However, Cardinal O'Connor of Boston had denounced General Relativity for years, saying that it "cloaked the ghastly apparition of atheism" and that it was "befogged speculation, producing universal doubt about God and His Creation." Dr. Fulton Sheen told members of the Catholic Teachers Association that the 'Times' had "degraded itself" by publishing Einstein's views, saying that they were "the sheerest kind of stupidity and nonsense." He asked if anyone would be willing to lay down their life for the Milky Way, and concluded: "There is only one fault with his cosmical religion: he put an extra letter in the word -- the letter 's'"

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