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28th Jul '16 7:06:33 AM Wall
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* In ''Literature/{{A Song of Ice and Fire}}'', the character Stannis Baratheon expresses atheist sentiments while using the magic of a particular religion to accomplish his own ends. Portrayed very differently in the TV adaptation.
18th Jul '16 7:33:11 PM MagBas
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* In ''Second Glance'', [[ItsAWonderfulPlot a movie that's essentially]] ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' but with a young Christian wishing he wasn't a believer, rather than never having existed. So an angel makes it happen and walks him through a day in his life as a non-believer. Apart from many cringeworthy UnfortunateImplications and {{Hollywood Atheist}}s, there's the very odd part of the protagonist living as an unbeliever through an explicit miracle, narrated by an angel. This would be in keeping with the common idea of atheists being just deniers, perhaps.

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* In ''Second Glance'', [[ItsAWonderfulPlot a movie that's essentially]] ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' but with a young Christian wishing he wasn't a believer, rather than never having existed. So an angel makes it happen and walks him through a day in his life as a non-believer. Apart from many cringeworthy UnfortunateImplications and {{Hollywood Atheist}}s, there's the very odd part of the protagonist living as an unbeliever through an explicit miracle, narrated by an angel. This would be in keeping with the common idea of atheists being just deniers, perhaps.
17th Jul '16 12:33:20 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Literature/TheBible'' features several characters who refuse to believe in Jesus despite personally witnessing his miracles, prescribing them rather to him [[DealWithTheDevil being in league with Satan]]. In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man begs Abraham to let him warn his relatives of hell after he's sent there, but Abraham cites this trope, saying if they did not believe Moses and the prophets, they would not even if a man came {{back from the dead}}. Additionally, some modern apologists argue that all atheists are this, claiming they truly do know God exists but simply refuse him worship (i.e. making them actually NayTheists). Others dispute this, naturally.

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* ''Literature/TheBible'' features several characters who refuse to believe in Jesus despite personally witnessing his miracles, prescribing them rather to him [[DealWithTheDevil being in league with Satan]]. In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man begs Abraham to let him warn his relatives of hell after he's sent there, but Abraham cites this trope, saying if they did not believe Moses and the prophets, they would not even if a man came {{back from the dead}}. Additionally, some modern apologists argue that all atheists are this, claiming they truly do know God exists but simply refuse him worship (i.e. making them actually NayTheists).{{Nay Theist}}s). Others dispute this, naturally.
3rd Jul '16 1:42:34 PM Morgenthaler
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* Mau, the hero of Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Nation}}'', refuses to believe that the gods are anything more than superstition and lazy thinking -- despite being periodically shouted at by the spirits of his ancestors, and courted by [[TheGrimReaper Locaha, the god of death]]. As the [[TheObiWan old priest]] points out, though, this may be more [[RageAgainstTheHeavens anger that the gods have so thoroughly let him down]] than genuine atheism -- after all, being the sole survivor of a tsunami has left him [[HeroicBSOD pretty goddamn traumatized]]. As the priest says to Mau, "You want the Gods to exist just enough that you can be angry at them for not existing."

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* Mau, the hero of Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Nation}}'', refuses to believe that the gods are anything more than superstition and lazy thinking -- despite being periodically shouted at by the spirits of his ancestors, and courted by [[TheGrimReaper Locaha, the god of death]]. As the [[TheObiWan old priest]] priest points out, though, this may be more [[RageAgainstTheHeavens anger that the gods have so thoroughly let him down]] than genuine atheism -- after all, being the sole survivor of a tsunami has left him [[HeroicBSOD pretty goddamn traumatized]]. As the priest says to Mau, "You want the Gods to exist just enough that you can be angry at them for not existing."
27th Jun '16 3:18:02 PM TheSinful
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* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Dr. Maggie Walsh]] in ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-28404-112/DianeCastle+Xendra.htm Xendra]]'' adamantly refuses to believe in magic, even when witnessing it in effect, such as the titular character [[GenderBender changing back]] into Xander. This is particularly jarring when she brushes off the events of Graduation Day as a mass hallucination and in the same breath talks about the massive pieces of organic matter recovered (the Mayor's corpse) that contain no DNA or RNA but also possess compounds either not found in organic matter, anywhere on Earth, or both.
16th Jun '16 2:56:44 PM Freezer
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* Both Cavil and Adama present themselves as atheists in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', long after it seems that either souls, gods or super-human / super-Cylon beings almost have to exist.

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* Both Cavil and Adama present themselves as atheists in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', long after it seems that either souls, gods or super-human / super-Cylon beings almost have to exist. Eventually, after revelations and character development, the trope applies to neither man: Adama's point of view shifts from "The gods don't exist" to "[[NayTheist "Screw you! Where were you when we needed you?"]] Cavil is revealed to be [[spoiler: A Cylon who hates his creator gods]]
10th Jun '16 9:54:41 PM HuntingHighandLow
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*In Literature/{{Eragon}} [[ElvesVersusDwarves the elves refuse to believe that the dwarven gods exist]], despite one such god appearing [[PhysicalGod in the flesh]] to give a final approval every time the dwarves choose a new leader; Downplayed, as the average elf wouldn't have seen this, and a magic user could be projecting it as an illusion...
4th Jun '16 12:29:04 PM epistaxis_
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* Early in ''Manga/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Touma is dumbstruck upon seeing someone control fire, because "there's no such thing as sorcerers" and "magic isn't real" ... even though he <i>personally knows</i> people who can manipulate lightning, and teleport at will.

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* Early in ''Manga/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Touma is dumbstruck upon seeing someone control fire, because "there's no such thing as sorcerers" and "magic isn't real" ... even though he <i>personally knows</i> personally knows people who can manipulate lightning, and teleport at will.
4th Jun '16 12:27:39 PM epistaxis_
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* Early in ''Manga/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Touma is dumbstruck upon seeing someone control fire, because "there's no such thing as sorcerers" and "magic isn't real" ... even though he <i>personally knows</i> people who can manipulate lightning, and teleport at will.
28th May '16 5:39:47 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheBible'' features several characters who refuse to believe in Jesus despite personally witnessing his miracles, prescribing them rather to him [[DealWithTheDevil being in league with Satan]]. In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man begs Abraham to let him warn his relatives of hell after he's sent there, but Abraham cites this trope, saying if they did not believe Moses and the prophets, they would not even if a man came {{back from the dead}}. Additionally, some modern apologists argue that all atheists are this, claiming they truly do know God exists but simply refuse him worship (i.e. making them actually NayTheists). Others dispute this, naturally.
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* In ''ComicStrip/ThePerishers'', the crabs in the rock pool have a ParodyReligion worshipping "The Eyeballs In The Sky" (which appear on an annual basis) complete with its own skeptic movement trying to disprove their existence scientifically. The Eyeballs do, in fact exist: they belong to Boot the dog who goes along with Wellington and the other kids to the seaside on their annual holiday.

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* In ''ComicStrip/ThePerishers'', the crabs in the rock pool have a ParodyReligion worshipping worshiping "The Eyeballs In The Sky" (which appear on an annual basis) complete with its own skeptic movement trying to disprove their existence scientifically. The Eyeballs do, in fact exist: they belong to Boot the dog who goes along with Wellington and the other kids to the seaside on their annual holiday.
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