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51. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 14, 2013, 01:00 Crustacean Soup
 
Jivaro wrote on Mar 14, 2013, 00:37:
As for atheists considering me one of them...well...that is their prerogative I suppose. By the definition of the terms however I am not one and the definition is the only thing I can go by. Atheism is not flexible, it is what it is. To me it seems pretty clear cut based on the fact that if I look in 3 different dictionaries I get the same definition.

My three dictionaries disagree. Merriam Webster's website says
ATHEISM
...
a : a disbelief in the existence of deity
b : the doctrine that there is no deity

Dictionary.com (Randomhouse) and oxforddictionaries.com (Oxford University Press) include equivalent definitions.

In any case, dictionaries are descriptive, not prescriptive. You're sitting here arguing that "atheists" have faith in something and are acting fanatical and this and that using dictionary definitions instead of their own words. That doesn't work. English isn't something like a computer language, it's a natural language.
 
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