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One day my teacher began to talk about Lama's. I started to doze off but right when I heard the words an informative speech due Friday, I snapped back up to attention. What to do, what to do? I thought. I was lost in a midst of confusion, when suddenly my good friend Jessica suggested I do my speech on Atheism. Finally, I had the perfect topic for my speech. I was shocked to discover how many people don't believe in any from of god(s), and how many people do not belong to a from of religion. With a little research I was able to uncover many of the most important aspects of what an Atheist is and how an Atheist lives.

Atheists are the people that want to eliminate the word "god" from the whole world. Atheism is the denial of or lack of belief in the existence of a god or gods.

In the absence of belief in god, ethical goals must be determined by nonreligious aims and concerns, human beings must take full responsibility for their destiny, and death marks the end of a person's existence. As of 1994 there were an estimated 240 million atheists around the world comprising slightly more than 4 percent of the world's population, which includes those who profess atheism, are skeptics, are disbelievers, or are irreligious. The estimate of nonbelievers increases significantly to about 21 percent of the world's population if atheists are included.

The term "Atheism" has also been used to refer to the denial of theism, in particular Judeo-Christian theism, which asserts the existence of an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good personal being. This being created the universe, takes an active interest in human concerns, and guides his creatures which are us humans through divine disclosure known as...