A Conversation for Atheism

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Post 1

keledy

'theism' is derived from the greek word _theos_ which means 'god'.
(which has nothing to deal with our modern term "religion" because back then, they had no concept of the word... their religion was incorparated into their daily lives and not just something torturous that they would have to sit thru on a early sunday morning.)

the stem theos can be found in other words such as monotheism/ polytheism (mono= one, even tho one of the more popular religions that claims to be monotheistic has 3 different divisions of their deity and also a whole slew of other people that one should pray to.... poly= many... thus the fun-filled stories of battling gods and goddesses that is found in the greek mythology.)

agnostic is also, in the scheme of things, a relatively new word.. which was created by an author (whose name escapes me at the moment) to describe what he thought of himself being.. basically sitting on the fence, unsure of either side..




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Post 2

Martin Harper

Well, to be fair, the entry doesn't have an "error", just an ommision...

But yes - when this entry gets updated, your comments should be included...


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Post 3

Pythagoras

a- is a negating prefix
gnos means to know

So "I'm agnostic and apathetic," actually translates to "I don't know and I don't care."


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Post 4

Agonistes

How would you describe someone who doesn't give a toss about whether god exists or not. How about "ameniastic"? My ancient Greek isn't so hot, but it sounds like it could fit the bill.


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Post 5

Martin Harper

Wouldn't 'apathetic' be right?


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Post 6

Agonistes

The trouble with "apathetic" is that it's too general. 'Ameniastic' is specifically for this issue.


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