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Agnostics and Atheists in Mexico

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Agnosticism and atheism are two positions in regard to the world that distance themselves from a theistic or religious posture; although their definition is not based exclusively on the negation of a God or on the lack of religious beliefs, rather, they imply a set of values and representations of a different kind, as well as practical consequences in the actions of agnostic or atheistic people.

Although these positions are usually considered homogeneously, there are important differences among them.

In terms of a substantial belief that influences the patterns of lifeworld, atheists claim to bewithout “religion” and also without “God”; nevertheless, as we have mentioned, negation is not the fundamental argument of atheism, since it can encompass other beliefs systems: scientific or humanistic values, “rationalist” epistemologies, as well as political doctrines and ideologies, among others. Besides, the possible “militancy” in some atheistic collective that pragmatically...

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  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Religiously unaffiliated
  • Religious shift
  • Secularism

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Mora Duro, C.N. (2018). Agnostics and Atheists in Mexico. In: Gooren, H. (eds) Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_369-1

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