atheist old timers

It would be entirely wrong to think of atheism as a new phenomenon.

Maimonides (12thcentury) says, ‘[T]here are three different opinion on Prophesy. I will not notice the view of the Atheist; he does not believe in the existence of God, much less in Prophesy..’ M Friedlander, The Guide of the Perplexed of Maimonides,ch xxxii, p161. Hebrew Publishing co., New York.

Plato (4th century bce), writes about a believer chastising an atheist: “You and your friends are not the first to have held this view about the gods! There are always those who suffer from this illness, in greater or lesser numbers.”