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ATHEIST. One who denies the existence of God.
     2. As atheists have not any religion that can bind their consciences to speak the truth, they are excluded from being witnesses. Bull. N. P. 292; 1 Atk. 40; Gilb. Ev. 129; 1 Phil. Ev. 19. See also, Co. Litt. 6 b.; 2 Inst. 606; 3 Inst. 165; Willes, R. 451 Hawk. B. 2, c. 46, s. 148; 2 Hale's P. C. 279.

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38), the leading historian of the rise of atheism in 17th- and 18thcentury France, who has called attention to the powerful taboo that under the ancien regime inhibited even freethinking Parisian philosophes from openly defending atheistical theories in polite society--thus rendering atheism, as it were, "unspeakable." (4)
Pollitt was a signatory to Humanist Manifesto III in 2003 and was named this year's Humanist Heroine by the Feminist Caucus of the American Humanist Association for, as she put it, "four decades laboring in the atheistical vineyards." The following was adapted from her June 1 speech in acceptance of the award.
The demarcation, Barbour and Norbrook argue, is a crucial one, for it indicates Hutchinson's own editing of her complete manuscript and so her "complex relations of involvement with and distancing from this 'atheistical' text" (cxxxvii).
Certainly I agree with you that my views are not at all necessarily atheistical." (16) With regard to evil and suffering in nature, Darwin laments,
The 1650 Act against "Atheistical, Blasphemous and excrable opinions" also forbade such horrors as "Whitson-Ales, Wakes, Morris-Dances, May-poles, Stage-plays ...
Issues he deals with include: the historical accuracy of the New Testament; the role of the Church in propagating and preserving the Faith; the human obstacles to belief (paramount among these is Pride, the belief in merely human self-sufficiency and the refusal to subscribe to an absolute moral code limiting a hedonistic "freedom"); the arrogance and narrowness of atheistical scientists; the dangers of dabbling in the occult; etc.
Materialism of this kind was heterodox, at best--a sure marker of atheistical thought--which is perhaps why Donne expressed it in one of the witty "Paradoxes" that he later nervously characterized in a letter to his friend Henry Goodyer as "nothings" (1990, 64).
The God Delusion are really very bad, not because they draw atheistical conclusions, but because they show no metaphysical or historical understanding of the doctrines they oppose' (188-9).
that they will make no great progress in their atheistical designs." (52)
"It is largely free of the atheistical cage-rattling that marked The God Delusion (although the notes do include George W Bush's death penalty record and a complete Monty Python song that starts 'All things dull and ugly/ All creatures short and squat/ All things rude and nasty/ The Lord God made the lot').
This "atheistical philosophy" had no place for a divinely given law of nature.