On 7/8/2013 1:11 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 08 Jul 2013, at 02:45, meekerdb wrote:
On 7/7/2013 6:56 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 07 Jul 2013, at 07:28, meekerdb wrote:
I love Christopher Hitchens. I agree with many points. He is more an anticlerical than
an atheist to me ...
Everybody called him an atheist. He called himself an atheist. I think you just don't
like the term.
"atheism" is different in America and in Europa, although I have realized now that some
atheists in America might be similar, but not Hitchens. Many people confuse agnosticism
and atheism. Some atheists maintains the confusion to hide that they are believers (in
"matter" and in the non existence of God).
I don't know any atheists who are shy about their belief that matter exists and
Many people, and dictionaries, confuse agnosticism="that whether or not God exists is
unknown" with agnosticism="that whether or not God exists is impossible to know". I agree
with Sam Harris that "atheist" is not a very useful appellation because it only describes
someone in contrast to "theist". It just means they fail to believe in a God who is a
person and whose approval one should seek. As Harris points out we don't invent words
like awarmist to describe one who fails to believe there is global warming or anummerist
to describe someone who's not sure about the existence of numbers.
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