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Theophobia is a fear of religion or gods which may incite revulsion against[1] them. Theophobes may avoid religious texts, houses of worship, and people who believe in deities. Theophobia may be expressed as fear, anger or other negative emotion toward religious practitioners. Theophobic representation may categorize the deity as being an arbitrary totalitarian dictator or contrariwise, as being not worthy of worship.[2]

People who have long family history of religious faith are more likely to suffer theophobia. People who are theophobic may affect their belief systems that offer rewards and punishments, even in the afterlife.

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  1. ^ Windle, Bertram (September 1919), "Theophobia and Nemesis" (pdf), Science and Morals and Other Essays (David Clarke and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team), retrieved November 9, 2014 
  2. ^ Elst, Philip V (1989), "God and Totalitarianism", Religious Notes No. 1 (Libertarian Alliance), ISBN 1-870614-28-3, retrieved November 9, 2014