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Definition of Atheism

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  • #91
    Weak/negative atheist: Someone who lacks belief in God's existence.

    Strong/positive atheism: Someone who asserts that God does not exist.



    Both definitions are commonplace, and neither are "wrong" or "abnormal". Under the first definition all non-theists fall under the umbrella of atheism, while under the second only a sub-set of non-theists are atheists.

    Generally I tend to view the weak/negative atheism definition as superfluous, since the word non-theist exists, and it's range of meaning is (as far as I can tell) exactly identical to the definition of "weak/negative atheism".
    ~Formerly known as Chrawnus~

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    • #92
      Originally posted by Diogenes View Post
      You're free to use "apple" to a long, yellow, curved herb, it's not incorrect. It's just an abnormal usage of the word .
      Of course it's incorrect. Words have meanings. That's not what 'apple' means. If you use it to mean such, you're wrong.

      Originally posted by Diogenes View Post
      If you ask me for an apple, I'm going to give you want I conceive of as an apple. If you mean something else by the usage of "apple", I would first need to understand what you mean by your usage.
      In which case the onus is on me to show that I'm using a wrong definition of the word.

      Originally posted by Diogenes View Post
      It's impossible to be wrong in regard to word usage, merely abnormal.
      Nonsense.
      America - too good to let the conservatives drag it back to 1950.

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      • #93
        Originally posted by Diogenes View Post
        You're free to use "apple" to a long, yellow, curved herb, it's not incorrect. It's just an abnormal usage of the word .



        If you ask me for an apple, I'm going to give you want I conceive of as an apple. If you mean something else by the usage of "apple", I would first need to understand what you mean by your usage.



        It's impossible to be wrong in regard to word usage, merely abnormal.
        I am going to interpret all of your words from now on as completely agreeing with me whenever we have a debate, and submitting to me as your lord and master.

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