Symbol of American Atheists

The open-ended atom logo chosen by the American Atheists (AA), a group founded in 1963, is one of the oldest clearly atheist symbols. The symbol is an atomic whirl with the letter ‘A’ in the center, designed to emphasize empirical thinking and scientific inquiry.
The open end of the atomic symbol represents science’s inherent incompleteness, or scientists’ opinion that they have yet to discover all of the answers. Atheism is symbolized by the ‘A’ produced by this unfinished vertical electron orbit. The central ‘A’ stands for America, the country in which AA is located. The logo was not widely recognized as an atheist symbol since it was copyrighted by the AA organization.

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