Or at least they don't believe in the theist god - which isn't very well defined either. Harris'es point is just that we don't go around characterizing ourselves as not believing in other imaginary things. When someone proposed that there should be a study as to why 97% of the members of the National Academy of Science don't believe in God, Neil Degrasse Tyson said, "We should study the 3%. They're the ones who're puzzling."

Brent

On 7/9/2013 3:33 PM, chris peck wrote:
Why does that make the word less usefull? I think its a very useful word. If someone tells me they are an atheist I then know that they do not belive in God.

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On 7/9/2013 11:57 AM, John Clark wrote:

     > I agree with Sam Harris that "atheist" is not a very useful appellation 
because
it only describes someone in contrast to "theist".

That makes no sense. The word "nonfiction" is useful but it only describes something in contrast to "fiction".

I didn't say it was completely useless. But it's less useful than "nonfiction" because "fiction" exists.

Brent
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