Which one is the correct term, "unbeliever" or "non-believer"?
You should call people what they call themselves.
I believe they both have the same meaning. An unbeliever or non-believer willingly chose to be in total opposition of a belief system based on their own belief system.
From a grammatical perspective; both prefixes are correct and both are associated with a lack of belief in a faith (as in a religion) or lack in confidence (as in a philosophy). Neither word requires the use of a hyphen (-) after the prefix and before the main word.
It is sometimes used to demonstrate a lack of belief/confidence in a method, campaign, efforts etc.
I could be wrong, but it seems to me that "unbeliever" would refer to someone who has the opposite of belief, a direct opposition to belief, whereas "non-believer" would refer to someone who has no belief, or an absense of belief. I would say "unbeliever" is to "atheist" as "non-believer" is to "agnostic".
Hope this helps. God bless.
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