I have always for the last fifty years or more thought of myself as an atheist. Got sometime to study religion and eight years back I tried to get a clear picture of what an atheist was. As of today the word does not have a meaning that is clear and means the same thing to all people.
The Christian movement probably helped the most in changing the meaning of atheist. Lot of the dictionaries years ago used terms like “the creator of the universe”, and other Christian meanings. In the end the Christians lost ground and their meaning were removed from the dictionaries.
There has been the removal of “God” from the meaning, replace with the word “Deity” in some dictionaries.
Many groups on the web even came up with their own definition to use. They were always very close to one of the dictionary meanings.
In our society today it is not uncommon for these types of problems. Take the word “Employee” for example. Easy word, been around for a long time. A word everyone has used and understands, right? Need the legal definition, go to Black Law Dictionary. But you better not use any of those definitions when dealing with the State or Federal governments. You better pull the code book and find out the definition of each and every department, because what is an employee in one department may not be an employee in another department.
It would be a simpler life if we could all agree in the meanings of words.
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There is, unfortunately, some disagreement about the definition of atheism.
The broader, and more common, understanding of atheism among atheists is quite simply “not believing in any gods.”
How we see ourselves is maybe not as important as how others see us.
The problem with “Atheist” is in using the word “God”.
Using Deity helped a lot, but does not fix the problem completely.
Atheist - A person who believes that there is no god
What is better and will solve the problems.
Atheist - A person who believes that the supposed deity that Christians purport to be the creator and ruler of the universe does not exist.