What is Apologetics?

Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used as a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it referred to a defense made in the courtroom as part of the normal judicial procedure. After the accusation, the defendant was allowed to refute the charges with a defense or reply (apologia). The word appears 17 times in noun or verb form in the New Testament, and both the noun (apologia) and verb form (apologeomai) can be translated “defense” or “vindication” in every case.

Monday, October 12, 2009

What is Atheism?

Some atheists like to twist or redefine this word "atheism", but here is the real definition.

Atheism: (a - "no"; theos - "God" or divine being(s)): Atheism is the philosophical position that denies the reality of the God of theism or other divine beings.

Whenever you hear a person, professing to be an "atheist", if they are an honest atheist, they will admit to this definition, and throw in the non-existence of "the flying spaghetti monster", "pink unicorns", "Zeus" et al. 

Some will say that 'we are all atheists, and that we are just atheistic to one more God than you Christians." This is an escape hatch and a ruse to try and get one up on the Christian's belief in one true God. I will address this one, I'm sure in the future.

In summation and short examination, atheism is an absolute denial of any divine absolute, which in terms is self-contradictory. It claims that it has "absolute certain knowledge that there is no Being that exists with absolute attributes like, power, presence, knowledge, love, infinite nature, and is eternal.

Atheism is certainly not an intellectual leap if what we have summed in this posting is true.  More on this later.


Brent Rasmussen said...

Please forgive my correction, but I believe your definition is incorrect.

"Theism" means "god belief". It does not mean a capital "G" "God", which would indicate a specific god (yours perhaps?).

"Atheist" would be a word that describes a person in whom god belief of any kind is absent.

Conversely, "theist" would describe a person in whom god belief - again, of any kind - is present.

So, again, god belief is what the two words address. Please note that the words do not in any way refer to the existence or non existence of an actual god, but merely to the presence or absence of god belief in a human being.

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Rob said...

Brent, theism and atheism are just views about reality. They have nothing to do with belief. It is when one places their belief in a particular view. Theism and atheism have their definitions. I find it fascinating that atheists want redefine the fundamental definitions of atheism that are put out in not only this blog, but also Etienne Bourne's definition of atheism being "the absolute denial of the absolute". The viewpoint definition is what it is and where you place your belief lands in the viewpoint.

Brent Rasmussen said...

Well, golly gee, Rob. Thank you so much for telling me what I am. I mean, I thought that, you know, being an atheist, I would know what atheism is.

Apparently I was wrong. Good thing that us atheists have good folks like you to tell us what we really believe - or deny, in this case I guess.

(Look, Rob. I don't really care what you think atheism means. And frankly, I don't care about the word itself all that much. You guys can have it if you want. Define it any old way you like.

I, other the other hand, know EXACTLY what I am. And that is a person in which god-belief is absent -- REGARDLESS of whether or not you choose to define atheism that way.)

Rob said...

Just using a definition Brent. Just a definition. I went and looked at site the might bring up a solution as to why you might disagree with let's say the definition of atheism from a dictionary or a reference book. Here's the link. http://atheism.about.com/od/definitionofatheism/Definition_of_Atheism_Dictionaries_Atheists_Others_Define_Atheism.htm.