alt.atheism is a Usenet newsgroup within the alt.*hierarchy that discusses atheism.[1] A survey of usenet groups in 1994–1995 found that, among 70 groups discussing "consciousness, spirituality, and religion (broadly defined)", it was the group with the highest traffic volume.[2] Nash (2002) writes that "atheist and freethought newsgroups" including alt.atheism have "done much to remove the sense of isolation felt by many with antireligious opinions".[3]

Discussion matter

According to the alt.atheism FAQ,[4] the purpose of the group is to discuss atheism and atheist topics such as the following:

Ricker (2006) calls out another common discussion topic, the proper definition of atheism, as being "the thread that never dies on alt.atheism".[5] The popularization of the "weak and strong atheism" terminology for different definitions of atheism has been credited to discussions on the alt.atheism newsgroup.


  1. Holbrook, N. (October 25, 1998), "Atheism Online", The Lantern, .
  2. Kinney, Jay (1995), "Net worth? : Religion, cyberspace and the future", Futures 27 (7): 763–776, doi:10.1016/0016-3287(95)80007-V .
  3. Nash, David (2002), "Religious sensibilities in the age of the internet: freethought culture and the historical context of communication media", in Hoover, Stewart M.; Clark, Lynn Schofield, Practicing religion in the age of the media: explorations in media, religion, and culture, Columbia University Press, p. 281, ISBN 9780231120890 .
  4. alt.atheism FAQ as sourced by the Internet Archive on February 11, 2005.
  5. Ricker, George A. (2006), Godless in America: Conversations With an Atheist, iUniverse, p. 131, ISBN 9780595391011 .

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