Senior biology major Alicia Godersky grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, in a secular family. Neither she nor her sister ever had any sort of beliefs forced upon them. Instead, they were both expected to figure things out on their own.
Now, Godersky considers herself an atheist. She said her family is atheist as well, even though they consider themselves agnostic.
So, what does that mean?
"Atheism is a rejection of faith as a means of finding truth," Godersky said.
Merriam-webster.com defines religion as "the service and worship of God or the supernatural" and "a cause, principle or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith." Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and the many different faiths that fall under the umbrella of Christianity would fit under this definition - along with many others. But would atheism and agnosticism fall under the category of "religion?"
Some would say that yes, they are religions, but most people who are atheist or agnostic would be hard-pressed to support that argument.
In short, atheists are sure to a certain degree that there is no god, whereas agnostics are unsure or unwilling (or both) to declare whether or not there is one.
However, Godersky said that both groups reject organized religion for similar reasons.