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Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:13 PM

When you get right down to it, "Atheist" is a stupid word.

We actually have a specific word for people who don't believe in sky wizards, and we really don't need it.

We don't have a specific word for people who don't believe in leprechauns. Or unicorns. Or bigfoot. Or the abominable snowman. Or vampires, werewolves, the Loch Ness Monster, chemtrails, lizard people, ghosts, jackalopes, faeries, elves, goblins, winged serpents, dragons, mermaids, giants, the Jersey Devil, or Trump's integrity. We also get by without specific words for people who don't believe the moon landings were faked. Or that water fluoridation is a government plot. Or that the government is putting mind control chips in us. Or that vaccines cause autism. Or that 9/11 was an inside job. Or any of the things which have just as much basis as mythology.

Actually, we do have a specific word describing people who don't believe in any of these things: "Rational." It works better than "atheist," I think.

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Reply When you get right down to it, "Atheist" is a stupid word. (Original post)
Pope George Ringo II Nov 2018 OP
guillaumeb Nov 2018 #1
bitterross Nov 2018 #8
Mariana Nov 2018 #38
bitterross Nov 2018 #39
Mariana Nov 2018 #40
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Major Nikon Nov 2018 #14
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TomSlick Nov 2018 #28
Voltaire2 Nov 2018 #41
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MineralMan Nov 2018 #43
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True Dough Nov 2018 #2
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marylandblue Nov 2018 #4
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LongtimeAZDem Nov 2018 #7
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edhopper Nov 2018 #15
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tonedevil Nov 2018 #61
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Major Nikon Nov 2018 #16
zipplewrath Nov 2018 #12
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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:15 PM

1. Calling theists irrational?

Is this a group attack on an important part of the Democratic base?

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:37 PM

8. Why don't you just go ahead and alert.

 

It's not an attack. It's the opening salvo in a discussion. It's meant to be provocative to foster discussion.

People who choose to be offended should avoid places and conversations that might offend them. I'm sure there are safe spaces on the internet. I hop DU never becomes one. That would mean anything controversial could not be discussed here.

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Response to bitterross (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 02:18 AM

38. There are several safe haven groups on DU for religious people.

They were set up specifically to enforce intolerance of opposing views. Posters may not criticize religion, express disbelief, point out inconsistencies, or ask awkward questions in these groups.

Gil knows about the existence of those groups, and he chooses not to participate in them. He prefers to post here instead

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Response to Mariana (Reply #38)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 04:06 AM

39. You are making the case for calling us snowflakes.

 

Get a spine and stop being offended by posts and opinions you dislike.

You want to choose to be offended? Go ahead.

I can choose to ignore.

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Response to bitterross (Reply #39)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 04:18 AM

40. Realiy? Who is "us"?

I have no idea how you think from my post that I'm offended. I was agreeing with you. You said to the poster you were responding to, "I'm sure there are safe spaces on the internet." I simply pointed out that there are safe spaces right here on DU available for that poster to use, and I described them.

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Response to bitterross (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 05:03 PM

64. I willl not alert.

This type of insulting speech is intended to put people on the defensive.

And this type of insult speech is frequent here. All part of making the religion group a toxic place.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:05 PM

14. Belief in the metaphysical requires the suspension of reason

Which is the epitome of irrationality. So that doesnít mean religionists are irrational about everything, but within the context of what is being discussed, they are by definition.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:12 PM

19. Go ahead and make the case that believing in something

with absolutely no proof is rational.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:15 AM

28. You're wasting your time.

The posts to this Group are routinely anti-religion.

I've had to explain to people who have looked at DU at my suggestion that DUers are not uniformly anti-religion, appearances to the contrary notwithstanding.

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #28)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 06:24 AM

41. People have to go look in this group to find

our horrible posts. So like thatís an interesting story.

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #41)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 07:24 PM

65. Not really.

Posts to this Group appear under the Greatest and Latest tabs. I know that people I have told about DU have found them and decided that DU was not for them. DU has lost potential members because they concluded that DU was anti-religion.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:15 AM

43. No, Guy, it is not. It is not a group attack.

It is an opinion on whether religious belief is rational or not. Do you feel attacked?

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 02:52 PM

62. You yourself have said many times that your beliefs are exempted from rational analysis...

because they are based on *faith*, not reason.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:20 PM

2. How about people who don't believe in

Pope George Ringo II? What do you call them?




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Response to True Dough (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:22 PM

3. The Rutles?

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:28 PM

5. If All I Need is Cash...

Then Johnny it is!





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Response to True Dough (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:21 PM

21. Also:

I really do love the picture.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #21)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:27 PM

22. Fits your username rather nicely, doesn't it?

A real Day Tripper...

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:26 PM

4. I think "skeptic" works.

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Response to marylandblue (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:28 PM

6. Possibly.

But either way, there's no reason to treat sky wizards any differently than, say, the Hitler Diaries. Lump them all together until and unless there's an actual reason to separate them.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:34 PM

7. It simply means "without belief in a deity or deities"; it doesn't imply the reasoning behind it.

You can be an atheist for irrational reasons, such as anguish over the loss of a loved one. My guess is that such a position is probably temporary, but I could be wrong.

But that means that you cannot imply rationality only from a professed lack of belief.

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Response to LongtimeAZDem (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:41 PM

9. Why should deities be different than, say, Piltdown Man, though?

Disbelieve in anything you like, and the only one which must be specifically categorised is sky wizards? There just isn't enough space between them and, say, The Lady of the Lake to decide that this one particular lack of belief gets its own word.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:49 PM

10. Because religious belief is an issue of greater import in a society where the predominant religious

group is characterized by "faith".

A teenager is not likely to get kicked out of his house for his position on the Piltdown Man hoax.

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Response to LongtimeAZDem (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:54 PM

11. Teenagers are even more likely to get kicked out of the house for using drugs.

Yet we don't have a word for people who don't use drugs.



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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:06 PM

15. yes we do...

boring

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Response to edhopper (Reply #15)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:11 PM

17. Like "rational" and "sceptic," that also has multiple uses.

It's a definition with many holes.

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Response to edhopper (Reply #15)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:30 AM

33. That made me laugh

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:09 AM

26. We have several: Sober, clean, abstinent or drug-free

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Response to marylandblue (Reply #26)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:21 AM

29. Again, too many definitions on those words to be analogous.

Laundry is the first thing which comes to mind with "clean," followed by the bathroom. Sober is more typically applied to alcohol (technically a drug in the denotative but seldom connotative definition, and vastly less relevant to teenagers being evicted) and sometimes involves things like cough syrup. Auto-brewery syndrome actually is possible for people who don't even make it that far, so technically it's possible to not be sober without ever having had a drink. Abstinent generally involves sex rather than chemicals. And drug-free isn't even a compound word, just a hyphenated term which isn't even always hyphenated.

But we need a word specifically to label people who don't believe in 4,200 constructs instead of 4,199.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 02:44 PM

61. Straight...

 

Clean, Sober would be a few.

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Response to tonedevil (Reply #61)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 03:02 PM

63. Already addressed.

Straight has so many other uses it's not funny, with sexual the normal use regarding people.

Clean applies to people, toilets, laundry, countertops, cars...

Sober doesn't even have to apply to anything chemical. There are "sobering thoughts." People on an adrenaline/endorphin rush can "sober up." And the word is often used as a near-synonym for "serious," especially in professions which cultivate that sort of thing, like bankers and undertakers.

But we have to have one particular word just to describe people who don't believe in one particular subset of magic. It's not an efficient use of language.

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Response to LongtimeAZDem (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:36 PM

23. Also, to put the sheer triviality of the definition in context

I'm told we've invented ~4,200 gods. The people who count themselves as the "predominant religious group" don't believe in ~4,199. The word is a quibble to differentiate people who don't believe in ~4,200 gods from another group which doesn't believe in ~4,199.

One out of 4,200 is .02 percent. That's not even a rounding error. It's simply not a big enough deal to merit its own word.

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Response to LongtimeAZDem (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:07 PM

16. That's still not irrationality

Itís the suspension of irrationality.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:01 PM

12. Or

If you lived in 200 AD, the idea of radio waves would have appeared to be magic, for the better part of a thousand years.

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:05 PM

13. And what do we call people from that era who didn't believe in Funkraum, God of Radio?

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:02 AM

25. Well, it's sorta the point

You can judge your contemporaries by your own knowledge, or you can let history judge them by the knowledge of the future. There is probably more knowledge that has been proven wrong than right. This is especially true if one considers the example of Newton and the reality that he was "wrong" because he and his contemporaries assumed mass was constant. It wasn't, and if you presume that, his work is more modern than he knew. Darwin questioned his own hypothesis based upon flawed thermodynamics. I could go opn but...

But that being said, one must understand the immense challenge of those of faith. It is almost the unprovable condition despite the attempts to the contrary. Alternately, the contrary is unprovable as well. You can't unprove a diety, especially the Christian/Jewish/Muslim kind because the very foundation of the concept is that it is unknowable without faith of the unknowable. As soon as it becomes knowable it is no longer an issue of faith and therefor "knowable".

The real conflict among faiths and those of no faith is all the same. In the end, are our actions of "free will" or are they pre-ordained. And even those of faith cannot agree. But regardless, the question is:;, (I'm not sure of the correct punctuation) What is the moral thing to do? Not just on ones own behavior, but in the earthly judgement of others?

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #25)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:14 AM

27. You're still not really making a point, though.

You asked about people who didn't believe in something they had no reason to believe in--and which nobody "believes" in today, since it's more in the category of a known fact. Nobody ever gave that group its own name.

And why would anybody need to "unprove" a deity? Did somebody prove Cthulhu?

Admittedly, I can think of a few conflicts religious people have with non-religious people about free will. Religion does not have a great track record on respecting free will. Some examples:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_Liberty_Accommodations_Act

http://www.dioceseofgaylord.org/religious-liberty-691/

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:11 PM

18. I prefer apatheist

Yes, there shouldnít have to be a word for it, but you have to remember language has been defined by and for religionists pretty much forever. Thatís how privilege works.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:15 PM

20. It definitely is how privilege works.

I just see no reason to extend it. Deities, gremlins, no difference.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:51 PM

24. It is a great discussion topic...

oh wait............9/11 WAS an inside job!!!

The only part that bothers me...and I don't mind being labeled...is that if I tell someone that I don't believe in mermaids, I am not ridiculed by a majority of society OR pitied by my close family members. When I made the mistake of saying that that I don't believe in god, after being pushed to the limit for an answer, I may as well had been admitting to being a mass murderer. It was not pretty.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:25 AM

30. Great topic - thank you for posting!

I agree that if an Atheist would rather be called Rational, then I should do so.

Wishing you well and peace

Tim

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:27 AM

31. nothing wrong with the word

Atheist is someone who is not religious and does not beleive in god, most rational people are, some donít want to admit it and hold on to traditions or upbringing which is different from being actually religious and beleive in god. I celebrate Christmas and sometimes even Easter but in no way I would call myself a christian, those are just traditions that are secularized and have nothing to do with god of any kind.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #31)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:29 AM

32. But what's the word for people who don't believe in Superman?

And why should that be any different?

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #32)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:37 AM

34. because religion is likely older than science

superman is intentionally created for entertainment. Religion was created by people to control population. The more advances we make as humans, the less religious society will become because it is fundamentally incompatible with science. Some folks on this forum eager to provide China as an example of Ďatheistí country conveniently forgetting that it is a communist country which in itself can be easily classified as religion (Ďdear leaderí). It was the same in Soviet Union, officially atheist but de facto deeply religious (belief in bright future no matter what, supremacy of communism and its dear leaders, brainwashing through propaganda). Religion in itself is propaganda and these days operate more like a business in civilized world.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #34)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:44 AM

35. It's not about age. We don't have a word for people who don't believe in faeries.

They're not all that dissimilar in age.

Really, the word doesn't serve a function.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #35)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:46 AM

36. it functions well because everyone instantly knows what it means

there is another word - agnostic, that some prefer to use but I think it is more vague. Personally, I like Bill Maher explanation the best - religious people suffer from
neurological disorder; it is not simply belief but actually a mental condition. It is mostly a result of indocrination from early age but some people may develop it later in life; it is also similar to addictions. That said, many religious people can be quite a bit happier than most, and isnít happiness one of the most important pursuits, even if irrational? Feelings are often irrational too.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #36)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 01:17 AM

37. There's at least one poster here who spectacularly fails to grasp what it means.

He does so in a way which I find quite incompatible with integrity, and crams his nonsense down everybody's throat in an appallingly rude display at every opportunity. It's simply inexcusable. At any rate, his determination to fail to know what it means suggests you might want to reconsider the usefulness of the term when dealing with such individuals.

But granting Maher's point about religion as a mental illness, most mental health providers will struggle to come up with much more than something like "reasonably normal" or "very functional" or some such as a description for somebody without a mental health diagnosis. A one-word term for the absence of an impairment is not really part of the lexicon.

But we have to have a specific word for somebody who doesn't believe in 4,200 constructs, instead of 4,199 or so.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #36)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:01 AM

42. Also, look at post #25 and tell me people know what it means.

"You can't unprove a deity." " (Faith) is almost the unprovable condition despite attempts to the contrary..." Those two sentences were quite clearly written by somebody who has absolutely no idea what the hell atheism means and is utterly baffled by the very concept.

The fact that we have a word specifically for people who don't believe in one particular kind of magic--not even wizardry in general, just one particular sub-type of wizardry--actually confuses the hell out of religionists.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #36)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 11:32 AM

56. I think "agnostic" refers to people,

such as myself, who are unable or unwilling to either believe or not believe.

The word "atheist" refers to those who have staked out a position of non-belief. I see it as an entirely useful word. I generally prefer seeing choices--in language and elsewhere--expanded rather than contracted.

As for religious people suffering some sort of "neurological disorder"--that's about as non-fact based as faith in a deity. Unless Maher can provide some science based evidence for this belief--brain MRI scans for instance that show specific areas of damage linked to faith--he's blowing just as much smoke as any Evangelical ranting about Jebus.

His position is also politically dangerous. Bear in mind that the Soviet Union used to define those who weren't happy in its "workers' paradise" as psychotic, often institutionalizing dissidents (including people of faith) and subjecting them to forced psychiatric "treatment." We see the same abuse of psychological terms by those pushing "conversion therapy" to turn gay people straight. Using medical terms to ostracize those with differing religious or political beliefs or different in other ways has a rather sordid history I think it best to avoid.

I agree though that, as you say, religion often provides people with a framework in which they can be happier than non-belief. I'm agnostic myself, but I have quite a few progressive friends who are religious, and I don't notice any particular pathology, though many of them do seem happier.

Best wishes.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #34)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 11:47 AM

57. I think there has to be a distinction made

between "religion" and "faith" or "belief."

I suspect that belief in deities--that is, some sort of active intelligence behind natural forces--predates anything like organized society, much less organized religion. There is evidence of ritual burials, for instance, dating before Neolithic times.

I think the use of organized religion to "control population" came much later.

Joseph Campbell, in the first volume of "The Masks of God" lays out the notion that homo sapiens are in essence hard wired to have religious beliefs, to see some sort of structure and intelligence to a universe that science tells us is in fact highly random. Melvin Lerner further defines this in his writing about "the just world" theory of how the universe works--the idea that good and bad things happen to people for a reason as a way of trying to assert some control over the uncontrollable.

I think as progressives we make a mistake to ignore this basic fact of human "reasoning." It's something like trying to pretend people don't like sweets.

I agree with your characterization of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism as more religious than science based.

Any system that defines itself as immune to questioning or dissent is inherently dangerous.

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Response to thucythucy (Reply #57)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 12:46 PM

59. The distinction between "religion" and "faith" and "belief"

has already been made. They are different words with different definitions.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:18 AM

44. Actually, I think atheist is a very good word.

It's descriptive, specific, accurate, and carries no emotional weight. It simply refers to people who do not believe deities exist.

Besides, it's a noun. "Rational" is an adjective.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #44)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:23 AM

45. It's still very much an outlier. Nothing else gets this treatment besides sky wizards.

And it really does baffle the religious, both the deliberately obtuse and the genuinely clueless.

Admittedly it's a different part of speech, but "rational" and "atheist" are at least both labels. "Sceptic," as suggested above, would actually be the choice to keep things more similar.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #45)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:26 AM

46. I like the word.

It describes my own philosophy regarding exceptionally powerful supernatural entities very well. If it baffles the religious people among us, that's all the better. It prompts them to insist on a definition, which we can easily supply and reinforce by showing the etymology of the word.

It is a simple, clean, unambiguous descriptive noun.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #46)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:28 AM

47. I won't argue with somebody's right to define themselves as they see fit.

But I do see some difficulties with the word in practice.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #47)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:33 AM

48. Atheists are not responsible for irrational reactions to that word.

The problem lies with the poor understanding of its meaning by people who believe that supernatural entities such as deities exist and should be worshiped. We should strive to understand that such people are unable to comprehend disbelief in the things they are able to believe. We should not concern ourselves with the reactions to that word. Instead, we should simply repeat its definition in response to all such reactions.

That's my opinion on the use of the word "atheist."

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #48)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:36 AM

49. The definition confusing the religious is one angle

But I also just don't see the point in elevating one particular type of magic like that above, say, the Philosopher's Stone. If it works for you, I'm not in a position to say it doesn't work for you.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #49)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:40 AM

50. The word for disbelief in the Philosopher's Stone is

Apotterism. It is a Mugglish word, which is not in wide use in other circles.

There are useful words for many disbeliefs. For example, disbelief in unicorns is "Amonocornism."

Even newly designated deities have their own words for disbelief in them. E.g.: "Amarinarism" is the specific disbelief in the Flying Spaghetti Monster deity.

I will be happy to supply words for other disbeliefs, if you wish. Neologisms 'r' Us has a long list of them.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #50)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:49 AM

51. I had actually been thinking of the Philosopher's Stone as a transmuter

But I suppose Potter works.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #51)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:54 AM

52. Ah, OK.

A disbeliever in alchemy is an "Analchemist." If the root word starts with a vowel, you must use the "an-" prefix. Now, I admit that "analchemist" is somewhat problematic, since it can be interpreted by some to read "anal chemist," of which there are so many in academia. However, it is important to stick to the rules for neologisms, despite the ignorance of some.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #52)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:58 AM

53. Careful.

Too much detail like that and people will start to accuse you of pulling these out of your butt.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #53)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 11:03 AM

54. And here's another: Disbelief in Leprechauns is

"Alutinism. That's an odd one, since it derives from the old French word for leprechaun (lutin). I can only think that the formation of the word used the French root to avoid a difficult to pronounce longer word from the Greek root: καλλικάτζαρος (kallikŠtzaros). Neologists often seek to simplify pronunciation to encourage the use of their new words.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 11:27 AM

55. Name one of those examples you gave...

.... that are a major mainstream belief among the general population. Compare all of those beliefs combined to the extent of religious belief and they won't even make a small dent. If the belief in leprechauns were as widespread as the belief in religion and God, rest assured, there would be a word for those who did not believe in leprechauns. I have to disagree that the word atheist is stupid in any way. My opinion.

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Response to quickesst (Reply #55)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 11:53 AM

58. You kinda missed to the point there.

Belief in any of the popular gods is qualitatively no different from belief in the myriad deities, demigods, and mythological beasts to have fallen out of favor over the centuries. There is as much evidence for the Abrahamic Yahew as there is for Odin, and yet anyone claiming to believe in a literal Allfather riding around on a literal sleipnir is going to be literally laughed at.

Atheist is a meaningless term. It is a term that shouldn't need to exist.

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Response to Act_of_Reparation (Reply #58)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 08:38 PM

66. Sorry, but I think you're wrong...

Christianity, or the belief in God, and unlike the so-called deities you use as examples, has not fallen out of favor among the general population. It remains popular, and is a powerful force in shaping our civilization for ill or better. It will remain so far beyond our grandchildren's grandchildren with no real proof that it's end is in sight. I am not a religious person, and I am not arguing whether God exists or not. My argument concerns the viability of Christianity as a force in the shaping of civilization which the other beliefs you mentioned have not.

When someone asks me about my opinion on religion I do not say, I don't "believe in a literal Allfather riding around on a literal sleipnir" and it "is going to be literally laughed at" when a simple word, atheist, will do just fine. Saves a lot of wasted words and time.

I'm pretty sure I know what you are trying to say. I simply have a different opinion that does not agree with yours.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 01:56 PM

60. My daughter is a true atheist

If asked about the existence of God she will say, "I really don't care. Even if there is a God it doesn't change anything." I can't remember a time she even entertained the idea.

You can't entice her into debate. She truly could not care less what anyone has to say on the subject either pro or con.

If you called her an atheist she would look as bored as a cat.

It's a word with some utility.

For people who enjoy arguing against the idea of God - maybe atheist is not the mot juste?

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Response to violetpastille (Reply #60)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 09:30 PM

69. That's the sort of thing which gives me hope for the future.

But part of that future is moving past religion as a basis for anything, even something so minor as labelling non-religion.

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Response to violetpastille (Reply #60)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 10:53 PM

70. Whether someone is interested in discussing the subject

is completely irrelevant in determining whether one is an atheist.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 09:15 PM

67. Not so stupid if one can look at the word "atheist" with a slight spelling and syllabic

change as in AT-THEIST. I'll leave it for interpretation.

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Response to cornball 24 (Reply #67)

Thu Nov 29, 2018, 09:28 PM

68. Their invisible friends really don't rate it.

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