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

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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.
    Synonym: apnosticism
    Coordinate terms: agnosticism, atheism, atheophobia, ignosticism
    • 2003 May, Jonathan Rauch, “Let It Be”, in The Atlantic[1]:
      [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, p. 27.