Why do we still need the word “Atheist”? ( Archived) (148)

Mar 8, 2022 12:35 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Circlip
CirclipCirclipNottingham, Nottinghamshire, England UK29 Threads 1,127 Posts
There isn’t a word for people who don’t believe that unicorns exist, or for those who don’t believe that goblins exist. I mean if for everything it were possible to deny the existence of, there were a word to describe those who didn’t believe in it, can you imagine how thick a dictionary would have to be? It might once have been useful to have a word for those who didn’t believe in God when nobody was allowed to not believe in him, but we can believe or not believe whatever we like now, at least in the enlightened parts of the World, so do we any longer have a use for the word? dunno
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Mar 8, 2022 12:47 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Circlip: There isn’t a word for people who don’t believe that unicorns exist, or for those who don’t believe that goblins exist. I mean if for everything it were possible to deny the existence of, there were a word to describe those who didn’t believe in it, can you imagine how thick a dictionary would have to be? It might once have been useful to have a word for those who didn’t believe in God when nobody was allowed to not believe in him, but we can believe or not believe whatever we like now, at least in the enlightened parts of the World, so do we any longer have a use for the word?
When was anyone not allowed to believe in any god or God? God bless you.
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Mar 8, 2022 12:50 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
bodleing2
bodleing2bodleing2Manchester, Greater Manchester, England UK90 Threads 90 Posts
Perhaps agnostic is a better word, I think the word atheist carries an undercurrent of communism and suggests someone with strong anti Christian views....it's a dark word.
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Mar 8, 2022 1:10 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Name_Taken_Two
Name_Taken_TwoName_Taken_TwoBelfast, Antrim Ireland87 Threads 4,139 Posts
bodleing2: Perhaps agnostic is a better word, I think the word atheist carries an undercurrent of communism and suggests someone with strong anti Christian views....it's a dark word.
Maybe just call the non believers "The Dark Ones" grin drinking
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Mar 8, 2022 1:14 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Circlip
CirclipCirclipNottingham, Nottinghamshire, England UK29 Threads 1,127 Posts
galrads: When was anyone not allowed to believe in any god or God? God bless you.
I believe there have been times in British history when a person could be punished for not attending church, and there have certainly been times when to profess a disbelief in God would have brought social ostracization upon you if not official sanctions of some sort.
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Mar 8, 2022 1:16 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Circlip
CirclipCirclipNottingham, Nottinghamshire, England UK29 Threads 1,127 Posts
bodleing2: Perhaps agnostic is a better word, I think the word atheist carries an undercurrent of communism and suggests someone with strong anti Christian views....it's a dark word.
I don't object to agnostic as an adjective, but why is there any need for a noun?
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Mar 8, 2022 1:19 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Circlip
CirclipCirclipNottingham, Nottinghamshire, England UK29 Threads 1,127 Posts
Name_Taken_Two: Maybe just call the non believers "The Dark Ones"
But what if they are white? I'm a white non-believer, and most dark people do seem to believe in God. No, that's not a very good suggestion.
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Mar 8, 2022 1:21 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
bodleing2
bodleing2bodleing2Manchester, Greater Manchester, England UK90 Threads 90 Posts
Circlip: I don't object to agnostic as an adjective, but why is there any need for a noun?
Agnostic can also be a noun.
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Mar 8, 2022 1:25 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Circlip
CirclipCirclipNottingham, Nottinghamshire, England UK29 Threads 1,127 Posts
bodleing2: Agnostic can also be a noun.
Yes, I know, and I was trying to say that I don't mind it being used as an adjective, but I would prefer it not to be used as a noun.
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Mar 8, 2022 1:33 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Name_Taken_Two
Name_Taken_TwoName_Taken_TwoBelfast, Antrim Ireland87 Threads 4,139 Posts
Circlip: But what if they are white? I'm a white non-believer, and most dark people do seem to believe in God. No, that's not a very good suggestion.
I'm just saying Dark and light, most people prefer the light.. Only a suggestion though..drinking
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Mar 8, 2022 1:36 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
ChesneyChristonline today!
ChesneyChristonline today!ChesneyChristManchester, Greater Manchester, England UK0 Posts
Circlip: There isn’t a word for people who don’t believe that unicorns exist, or for those who don’t believe that goblins exist. I mean if for everything it were possible to deny the existence of, there were a word to describe those who didn’t believe in it, can you imagine how thick a dictionary would have to be? It might once have been useful to have a word for those who didn’t believe in God when nobody was allowed to not believe in him, but we can believe or not believe whatever we like now, at least in the enlightened parts of the World, so do we any longer have a use for the word?
It's pretty much just Britain that trusts atheists like they were usual. Oldest modern country in the world. In other lands atheism is associated with trying to make the future happen more quickly. A lot of the world needs a word for something even worse than a Jew.
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Mar 8, 2022 1:38 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Circlip
CirclipCirclipNottingham, Nottinghamshire, England UK29 Threads 1,127 Posts
Name_Taken_Two: I'm just saying Dark and light, most people prefer the light.. Only a suggestion though..
But not believing in God is an enlightened position, so it is the believers who are actually in the dark. dunno
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Mar 8, 2022 1:41 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Circlip
CirclipCirclipNottingham, Nottinghamshire, England UK29 Threads 1,127 Posts
ChesneyChrist: It's pretty much just Britain that trusts atheists like they were usual. Oldest modern country in the world. In other lands atheism is associated with trying to make the future happen more quickly. A lot of the world needs a word for something even worse than a Jew.
Well I would settle for the word "atheist" to just be abolished in Britain then, for now, at any rate.
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Mar 8, 2022 1:42 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Name_Taken_Two
Name_Taken_TwoName_Taken_TwoBelfast, Antrim Ireland87 Threads 4,139 Posts
Circlip: But not believing in God is an enlightened position, so it is the believers who are actually in the dark.
So there is a god? In the dark is what I'm saying..
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Mar 8, 2022 1:43 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Would it be true to say that, unexaggerated, God Jehovah is not liked among most posters in this group?
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Mar 8, 2022 1:46 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Circlip
CirclipCirclipNottingham, Nottinghamshire, England UK29 Threads 1,127 Posts
Name_Taken_Two: So there is a god? In the dark is what I'm saying..
I don't think there is a God, so if that's not the answer you want, I'm not the person to ask.
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Mar 8, 2022 1:47 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Circlip
CirclipCirclipNottingham, Nottinghamshire, England UK29 Threads 1,127 Posts
galrads: Would it be true to say that, unexaggerated, God Jehovah is not liked among most posters in this group?
I don't know if it would be true to say that, gal, you probably have a better idea than I do.
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Mar 8, 2022 1:48 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
bodleing2
bodleing2bodleing2Manchester, Greater Manchester, England UK90 Threads 90 Posts
galrads: Would it be true to say that, unexaggerated, God Jehovah is not liked among most posters in this group?
How can you dislike something you don't believe exists?

dunno
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Mar 8, 2022 1:48 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Name_Taken_Two
Name_Taken_TwoName_Taken_TwoBelfast, Antrim Ireland87 Threads 4,139 Posts
Circlip: I don't think there is a God, so if that's not the answer you want, I'm not the person to ask.
Thanks for the answer, I guess you're stickin' with Atheist anyway..drinking
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Mar 8, 2022 1:50 PM CST Why do we still need the word “Atheist”?
Circlip
CirclipCirclipNottingham, Nottinghamshire, England UK29 Threads 1,127 Posts
Name_Taken_Two: Thanks for the answer, I guess you're stickin' with Atheist anyway..
Well, all is not lost, at least I got the material for a thread out of it. smile
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