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Wednesday, 06.Feb.2008

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From:urbeatle
Date:5:47 07.Feb.2008 (UTC)
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Literally, it's someone who isn't a theist. In other words, someone who does not believe in a personal, transcendent god who can interfere in human affairs. Deists, pantheists, and spiritualists are all atheists. So are animists and ancestor worshipers, although generally speaking polytheists aren't included. This is the definition given when I took intro to philosophy, and it's also the working definition many Christians seem to use.
I have no idea if other theists (Jews or Moslems) use the same definition; I suspect Moslems do, but haven't seen anything official.
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From:spasmsproject
Date:11:43 07.Feb.2008 (UTC)
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Ditto.

Although when I mentioned that at dinner with some friends of the Christian persuasion, I got yelled at.

...Until I brought out a dictionary.
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From:lograh
Date:16:12 07.Feb.2008 (UTC)
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interesting that polytheists would not be included. I thought a theist was simply someone who held belief and worshiped a god or gods. I would have lumped poly/mono both in the theists category.
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From:urbeatle
Date:18:04 07.Feb.2008 (UTC)
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I mean polytheists aren't included in the definition of "atheist". At least, most of the time. Although frankly, I think most Christians refuse to even think about polytheism. They don't acknowledge that it is possible, or think it's all in the past. They don't think people worship Vishnu, they think they worship statues of Vishnu.
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From:lograh
Date:18:43 07.Feb.2008 (UTC)
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ah, yes, I see how I mis-read your comment. sorry.
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