Of course I understand what EOC thoughts are. As I quoted in Post #87 I agree 200% with him and fully understand. But that’s not the problem.
But, this is not about me or my thoughts. I wish everybody would leave me out of the problem. I am not the problem.
In Post #50 I stated that the CIA says atheists are 2% of the world’s population.
I know how you, I and the rest of the people on this forum think and agree what the meaning is and how we see ourselves.
The problem is how does the rest of the world see us and our views?
Looking at websites and other forums I noticed there was a problem and it seemed to me to center around the use of the word “Belief”.
So next I went to Atheist websites to see if they were seeing the same problem.
Yes they were and some even had their own definitions of “Atheist”.
On the website Nexushttp://www.atheistnexus.org/ Dr. Terence Meaden pointed out that it was not the use of the word “Belief” at all. It was the use of the word “God”.
Dr. Meaden says that by using the word “god” one is presupposing that “God” does exist.
It works like this. I do not believe in “Quytgxz”. To me there are no such things. But if the persons that I am stating this to does believe in “Quytgxz” then they will take the statement to mean that I think Quytgxz do exist, I just do not have a belief in them.
Now take EOC’s statement “An atheist is one who LACKS a belief in any god or gods.”
Well, you see where the problem is now. Everyone that believes in god thinks EOC is just lacking in “belief” and that EOC does believe that god exits. Those that do not believe in “god” get’s EOC meaning the way it is written with no problem.
I don’t know what percentage of people believe in gods in the world, but the CIA says that atheists comprise of only 2% of the population. Therefore we need to make sure people can easily understand us.
And I should note that you will not find any of those problems on this website.
But I can see the problem at other websites.
The following is an atheist having trouble explaining what the word means.
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**** This guy 1peter315 says he is an atheist and is on this forum and he defending his atheists’ thinking by explaining what there are two forms of atheism.
For me, the reason why this is true is because of what atheism is. I define atheism as:
The belief that there are no gods. (Strong atheism)
A lack of belief in any gods. (Weak atheism)