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Re: OT: God's loaded dice (was Re: semi-OT: Re: "defense of wilderness" (wasRe: lexicon))

From:Jake X <starvingpoet@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 11, 2003, 20:08
[stEg r\oUt]:
> My Biblical History professor preferred to use the term "monolatry" > instead of "henotheism", since "-latry" indicates 'worship of' (as in > 'idolatry') and "-theism" usually 'belief in', so it's less ambiguous
Well, -theism only signifies belief when one is talking about absence, presence, or number of (a) god(s). Theos has nothing to do with belief, per sé, though if one creates a belief classification that makes no mention of the (non/)existance of god, it still might end in -theism, which has become more general purpose perhaps than it should have. I always get the impresion that theists (that is, ones who are less educated about or exposed to nontheism) assume that atheists, etc., have a philosphy centering around the absence of a god. Though this is necessarily a part of their philosophies, it is not necessarily the central one. A (Christian) friend of mine was surprised when I showed him material on nontheistic philosophies that only really mentioned god on the first page and spent all the time on social beliefs, political/economic stances, and such. For example, Ayn Rand's Objectivism is not about its atheism at all, though that is an element of it. It has been a while, but I can't remember any mention of the idea of God in Atlas Shrugged. The book, as well as the philosophy, is essentially godless. Jake