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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 05:12 PM
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48. So are you a prescriptivist or a descriptivist?

After all, telling me that I must accept that both of your quoted definitions are usable, especially here when so many people disagree with you, seems to contradict your earlier claim of being a descriptivist.

Now, snarky points aside, consider this: We know the etymology of the definition of atheism accepted in general by the atheists here. Where is the etymology for the second definition? How do we trace back where this "belief-based" (for lack of a better term) definition comes from and assure that it's not simple religious bigotry being codified as "common usage"?
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