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Why 'atheist'?

Why do you, by naming yourself “atheists”, use the word “theos – God”, whose existence you deny?

Posted: August 13th 2011

Blaise www

I should think the answer is obvious. 'Atheist’ is defined as one who has no belief in any gods. We “use the word 'theos – God’ “ for the same reason we use the prefix 'a – without’: Because when you put the two together, you get a word that means 'without gods’, which is a pretty good description of 'one who has no belief in any gods’.

Posted: August 16th 2011

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George Locke

We didn’t invent the word, you know. We call ourselves atheists because we are atheists.

Posted: August 15th 2011

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brian thomson www

Did you even look up the origin of the word “theos”? It was the generic term for a god in ancient Greece; they had many gods, not all of them worshiped, and definitely not the single powerful god you imagine there to be. Now we use “theism” and “atheism” in relation to the abstract concept of gods, not any particular god or gods.

Atheism is not a “denial” in the sense you mean: we don’t think there is anything there to affirm or deny in the first place. Do you “deny” that the moon is made of cheese? You do? Heretic!

Posted: August 15th 2011

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