An atheist is a person who does not believe in the existence of god, or the practice of established religion. This view point differs from that of an agnostic. Those who subscribe to agnostic philosophy do not denounce the existence of god, but instead believe that the presence of god cannot be proven or disproved. While world wide religions have played a drastic role in global social development it is undeniable that atheism and agnosticism have become increasingly influential as many of our most prominent leaders, historians, scientists, and even entertainers tout these beliefs within popular culture. Here are some great places to go for more information on some of the world's most well-known atheists and agnostics. Even though some of these notable figures did vacillate on their beliefs, at one point or another they were considered atheist.
This is only a sampling of the many great atheists and agnostics who have contributed their spiritual insights to the world. Nearly 3% of the modern world's population are self-proclaimed atheists and more than 10% describe themselves as-non theist. It is clear that religious skepticism remains a growing trend as the world continues to age, religion leads both to peace and war and billion year old questions remained unanswered. Use the resources below for more general information on Atheism.
What ever religious beliefs one ascribes to, it is a personal decision and often a life long journey. Best of luck in your pursuit of knowledge, spirituality and truth.