"The only reason that you have a name (Atheists) is because Christians came up with their name first (Theists)."
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[12/7/2012 7:31:40 ]
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Submitted By: Todd Pence
No, you twit. The Christians stole it from the Pagans and brutally lopped off the "poly" from the front and left it to die. They had to act quickly or the rest of humanity would have stuck them with the title, "God-botherers." Sheesh!
We wouldn't need to use the term "atheist" if there were no theists.
Actually having a name for atheists is weird. Would you call someone who has a clean crime record a non-felon? Would you call someone who's not a doctor a non-doctor?
Except for the jews(theists).
And the Sumerians (theists)
Greeks, clod. Greeks who lived in the years BC. Do you know what that stands for?
But the Romans considered the Christians to be atheists, because they didn't believe in the Roman gods.
a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet
I love how he or she unwillingly admits that atheism is the default setting.
And we wouldn't have the word "bald" if no one had hair. So what?
So nobody prior to the death of Christ had a name? Interesting...
So what ? If religion didn't exist atheism would have never existed either...
What's your point ?
No, it's the other way around. "Theist" was back-formed from "atheist". And its present meaning isn't even the original one. Originally, it meant someone who believed in God but didn't accept miracles or the validity of scripture.
Every religious person is a theist, stupid, not just the Christians. Christianity is a fairly new religion, if you compare it with Hinduism, Buddhism or Judaism.
If there were no religious people, then we would all just be people.
No. The reason we have the name "atheists" is because pagan greeks needed a name for people who didnt believe in the gods.
Here's a news flash, there were other theists around before Christians because Christianity isn't the first religion.
That's a special kind of stupid right there.
"Atheist" is a label slapped on me for refusing to believe in Middle Eastern bronze age myths!
12/7/2012 12:34:18 PM
Polytheist and Monotheist. Guess which one came first?
12/7/2012 1:06:19 PM
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So, what you're saying is that if there were no theism, we wouldn't need the label 'atheism'?
You know, I think I can live with that.
12/7/2012 5:08:44 PM
OK, but you'll have to admit that "atheist" sounds cool and edgy, "theist" not so much.
12/7/2012 5:26:25 PM
Well, I guess that settles it.
Now don't forget your headgear for the ride home on the short bus.
12/7/2012 11:37:50 PM
No. Just no.
"Da only reason dat you gotz a name (Atheists) is cuz Christians came up wit they name first (Theists)."
Before the first guy invented religion, there was no need for a word to refer to unbelievers.