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There are mentions of a lot of Gods in the books and the TV Show, like the Old Gods, the Seven, the Lord of Light, The Big Shepperd etc.

My question is this: Are there any atheists in the world of G.R.R.Martin? If there are, what do people think of them?

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"If I could pray with my cock, I would be much more religious." - Tyrion Lannister –  Twilight Sparkle Feb 21 at 9:10
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People are religious in an extremely wide continuum in the books, from absolute devotion to agnostic. In any event, because there are observable supernatural forces, I'm not quite sure what being an "atheist" would actually mean. –  Nick T Feb 21 at 19:12
    
@NickT Advocates of a religion typically claim that their beliefs are supported by experience or evidence, while opponents typically seek a different explanation. In context, I would define an atheist as someone who 1) Didn't believe the gods existed and 2) Believed in an alternative, non-supernatural explanation for any "supernatural" phenomenon. –  ValekHalfHeart Feb 21 at 20:32
    
By atheist one could mean the belief that no deity exists, or it could also mean the lack if faith in any particular deity. Of course the definition of deity can also be clouded here. Without further clarifications, it is difficult to understand what you are really asking. –  Xiaolei Zhu Mar 3 at 8:27
    
Lack of faith in any particular diety without believing that no deity exists is called "theism", as opposed to "atheism" –  Mooing Duck Apr 9 at 16:35

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Stannis says to Davos (A Clash of Kings, chapter 10 (Davos I)):

I stopped believing in gods the day I saw the Windproud break up across the bay. Any gods so monstrous as to drown my mother and father would never have my worship, I vowed. In King’s Landing, the High Septon would prattle at me of how all justice and goodness flowed from the Seven, but all I ever saw of either was made by men.

So he definently lost his faith for most of his life. Eventually his wife and many in his court became worshippers of the Red God, and he began taking counsel from the Red Priestess, which led to doing more and more Red God-worshippy stuff. Later he seems to be more and more eager to do sacrifices to the Red God, although that seems to be more for personal gain than devoutness.

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Can you add where this quote comes from? –  Wikis Feb 21 at 10:48
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@Wikis ACOK, Davos I: en.wikiquote.org/wiki/A_Song_of_Ice_and_Fire –  TLP Feb 21 at 11:13
    
Yep, I added it above just now. –  Mathias Ose Feb 21 at 11:14

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