April 5th, 2007

I am me

The Definition of "Atheism"

::sigh:: I'm getting really tired of seeing this myth spread around.

Normally I don't quibble over the definition of words, but I'm going to make an exception in this case because I feel the argument is starting to render the word "atheist" meaningless. We need to choose one definition, or the other, before we lose both. I make my argument here with the qualifier that words are just words -- we're free to redefine them as we choose, and as such, there's no "right" or "wrong" answer as to how to define a word.

Now that I've made that clear...

Hypothesis: "Atheism" does not mean "a lack of belief in the existence of god(s)" (hereafter referred to as the passive definition). It does mean "a belief in the non-existence of god(s)" (hereafter, the active def.).

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To use any other definition is only to engender confusion.

-- Des