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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