Re: Debunk All Religiosity Equally (D.A.R.E.)

From: Olga Bourlin (
Date: Wed Jul 11 2001 - 15:01:14 MDT

>--J.R. wrote:

> The part of the term "atheism" that connotes belief is the suffix, i.e.,
> "ism." If you want to indicate absence of god _and_ belief, then the
> hyphenated frontend affixture "non-" seems appropriate to me because it
> negates both theology and belief.
> Using the tern "non-theist" provides (at least) the opportunity to explain
> yourself further. The word "atheist" pushes the wrong button, eliciting
> anothr automatic robotic reaction.
You know, you have a couple of very good points there. I've been steering
towards "nontheist" lately, but now you've really made me a believer!
Speaking loosely, of course, hehehe...

> Anyway, suit yourself. At least you're not a theist. (Hooray!)

Can't take credit for this as I was born with a serious physical defect - no
religious genes whatsoever (and just about as far back as I can remember).


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