Words Don’t Mean Anything!

Words Don't Mean AnythingOh look, the stupid religious patrol is out in force again.  This time, a theist is trying to tell me that “meaning of language can be accurately discerned simply from the letters used in the word? By knowing letters you know meaning?”  This is in reaction to my stating that the English-language prefix “a-” means “without”, therefore atheism is the state of being without a belief in gods.  But no!  Words don’t mean anything!  He can just say they mean whatever the hell he wants.

Excuse me while I bang my head on the desk.

Of course, this is the same guy who wants everyone to accept that atheism is a conspiracy to fight against Christianity. Specifically Christianity.  Only Christianity.  Probably only his particular version of Christianity.  But this is a guy who doesn’t understand how science works, or reason, or logic or pretty much anything else. I shouldn’t be surprised that he has no clue how language works either.

Unfortunately, this idiot isn’t alone because I’ve seen the same kind of thing time and time again, people pretending that they get to redefine the language any way they want, insist that everyone use their biased definitions so they can proclaim victory and leave the rest of us gnashing our teeth.  Atheism isn’t a rejection of claims made by theists, it’s a positive claim that no gods exist and therefore must be proven!  This is, as we all well know, just shifting the burden of proof because the theists can’t actually prove their side.

This guy also insists that belief in gods is natural and everyone does it, even people who have never been exposed to the idea. He’s convinced that because mankind came up with gods, that everyone is born believing in them because can’t understand the widespread existence of religion otherwise.  I tried arguing that if someone was born and never had any exposure to any god ideas, not to the concept of gods, not to any religious books, not to anything religious in any way, shape or form, that they would remain an atheist for their entire lives, but he doesn’t buy it.  Everyone is  born knowing gods are real!  If you claim he’s wrong and his arguments are unsupported, then you have to prove he’s wrong, he doesn’t have to prove himself right.

So back to smacking my forehead into the desk.

It really is pointless trying to have any kind of rational discussion with this guy but he pops up in the middle of every discussion there is, forcing people to either deal with his stupidity or ignore him and have him declare victory because we supposedly have no counter for his arguments.  So far as I can tell, he has no understanding of any subject matter under the sun, he’s blatantly ignorant, but assumes that he’s an expert on everything and no amount of evidence presented will ever change his mind.  It’s a complete waste of time.  I probably ought to just put him on ignore and not bother.

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  1. "I tried arguing that if someone was born and never had any exposure to any god ideas, not to the concept of gods, not to any religious books, not to anything religious in any way, shape or form, that they would remain an atheist for their entire lives, …"

    I doubt this would be true in every instance where this were to happen. There is a body of evidence that strongly suggests that our species is predisposed toward belief in the supernatural, or at least magical kinds of thinking. Belief in a supernatural deity is but one possible manifestation of this tendency. Yes, some people probably would never adopt belief in a god if never exposed to the concept But then it is likely that there are some who would develop the concept of a god or some supernatural entity. This must have happened in our remote past. So development of the belief in a deity does not require that the concept first exist. There had to have been a time when our earliest ancestors had no such belief. Yet such beliefs did eventually develop. Since then they have been culturally transmitted through the generalions and over that time evolved from their earliest forms to their present forms.

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