An atheist who respects or accommodates other people's religious beliefs, or who attends religious services. Also: fatheist.
Some days I just wish more people like Nietzsche were around. At least then the Church would have a worthy adversary, rather than the "faitheists" that now abound.
—Dan Paetkau, "Have your say," Winnipeg Free Press, March 25, 2011
I had never heard the word "faitheist" before, but I was pretty sure it wasn't a compliment.
I blushed and ran my hands through my short hair — a nervous habit — and cleared my throat, asking if it was intended to be an insult.
It is Friday night and Duclayan and husband Daniel Radosh are lighting Shabbos candles and saying a prayer over challah and wine (substituting grape juice for wine, so their children can also partake) like many Jewish couples all over Brooklyn.
But there is one main difference: Duclayan and Radosh don't believe in God. Call them "the new fatheists," a growing number of Brooklynites who are turned off to organized religion — there's just too much "God begat this" and "God smote that" for them — yet still need spirituality in their lives.
—Gersh Kuntzman, "The new 'faitheists'." The Brooklyn Papers, April 8, 2006
Oddly, the earliest citation — which has a date of April 8, 2006 — is mentioned (in fact, copied) in in a blog post called Defenders of Faitheism, which is dated January 1, 2003. Since the next few entries in that blog carry the same date, I'm going to assume it's an error.