Thursday, January 16, 2014

Coining a new term?

This is a milestone of sorts for me as it is my 75th post, and to celebrate I've come up with another new term.

I'm a frequent contributor to the forum at The Thinking Atheist and I posted something recently that got a good chuckle over there.

People who believe a god made everything but remains at arm's length from its creation are called deists. Why? Because they believe in a deity who is indifferent to his work and the welfare of its inhabitants. This god basically sneezed, created the universe and then split.

People who believe in an omniscient, omnipotent god who created everything and concerns itself with everything its inhabitants are doing and thinking are called theists. So why isn't this god called a theity?

The bunch over at TTA joked around like it was a lisp, and we had a good laugh, but it makes sense to me.

Regardless, it's remarkable to me how people have such delineating views on what a god does for them. I've talked about this before, how people say they believe in something but they don't know what it is they believe. That is the epitome of wishy-washy. A belief isn't something that is half-assed. You "believe" something because there was something that made you believe it. When you say you believe something but you don't know what it is, you are self-refuting your "belief" and your very existence.

Take a weekend, think it over, grow a pair and have a stance. If it takes longer than a weekend then you're finally doing some critical thinking. Hopefully you're asking the right questions and relying on rationality instead of wishful thinking and special pleading.

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