Coveny said:Fredsnephew said:Coveny said:The same does not hold true with the words theist and atheist.Fredsnephew said:At the end of the proverbial day.
All religious and god bothering debates tend to boil down to the trading of linguistic semantics.
Listen to me, I am more eloquent than you.
Formal definition would say that Atheism cannot be regarded as a religion.
Loose definition would say that anything could be regarded as a religion.
Everyday he religiously tended to his garden.
Not sure what you're trying to say with this statement.
How does it relate to my proposition.
Perhaps you could expand your explanation a little.You are using this definition of religion.Define religion:Webster - a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faithOxford - A pursuit or interest followed with great devotion.Dictionary - the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practicesCambridge - the belief in and worship of a god or gods, or any such system of belief and worshipSomething like money is the new religion per say. Right?Theist have a value “belief in god(s)”. The “a” on the front simply means not. Like the words asymmetrical, atypical, etc. So atheists simply means “no belief in god(s)”, nothing else is attributed to the word, it’s a null value.How do you pursue a null value? How does a null value have principles? What are the practices of a null value?To take it a step further if it were possible to call null values like atheism a pursuit, doesn’t than mean that all null values become a pursuit? Do you play golf? No, well that’s the “not playing golf” religion.I’ve been an atheist my whole life, and over the years I have been told that I worship satan to eating babies and making nature disasters. That isn’t what atheism is. I’ve been told that atheist are this way or that way, or whatever. That isn’t what atheism is. Look at any definition and you’ll see theist and atheist are diametric opposites where theists “believe in god(s)” and atheist don’t. Unlike many words (religion) which get blurred because of common usage, theist and atheist don’t have that problem, they are very clear on the usage. To say it another way is to say being atheist means you have a lack of beliefs, a lack of practices, a lack of devotion, a lack of faith… a null value can’t be a religion.Now you could be anti-theist… that could be a religion. Pro science… that could be a religion. There are MANY other “values” that could be a religion… atheism can’t be though because of the semantics of the word, and the logic of how you are trying to use it.