apatheism

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Reportedly coined in 2001, as a blend of apathy and theism, by author Robert J. Nash.[1]

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  • IPA(key): /æ.pə.θi.ɪzəm/

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apatheism (uncountable)

  1. (religion) Apathy towards the existence of a god; belief that the question of the existence of a god is unimportant.
    • 2003, Jonathan Rauch "Let It Be," The Atlantic (US), May (retrieved 26 Sep 2010):
      [A]patheism is an attitude, not a belief system, and the over-riding fact is that these people are relaxed about religion.

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  1. ^ Robert J. Nash, Religious Pluralism in the Academy: Opening the Dialogue (2001), ISBN 9780820455921, p. 27.