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Theological noncognitivism

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Elder Jul 12. 166 Replies

Close your eyes and try to think of something labeled "God".  You can't!  You can think of unicorns, and pink polka dot elephants, and even Zeus and Hercules, but those aren't anything a theist would…Continue

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What reason is there to believe "God" as spoken by theists is a coherently defined word?

Why don't you atheists who believe "God" is a coherently defined term like the terms "unicorn" and "Santa Claus" give me a reason to believe that it is?  Don't you think that would be a better plan than just dissing me because I don't happen to know of any reason to believe "God" is a coherently defined word?See More
Aug 20
tom sarbeck replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"Joan, Edwin's first post wasn't enough to show us what drivel is. We have been slow learners. "
Jul 12
Joan Denoo replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"Jeez, you mean to tell me that these 14 pages of drivel is about categories of words. For purpose, man? what purpose? "
Jul 12
Joan Denoo replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"Why should I, a person who lacks a belief in god, capitalize the word? If you have a belief in god, then you go ahead and use the capital G.  I look at the stars, and I don't see or hear or feel or think of god, I think of space and…"
Jul 12
tom sarbeck replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"So you repeat when you need to bully someone into agreeing with you. "
Jul 11
Edwin McCravy replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"You seem to have a need to refuse to learn the difference between words that refer to nonexistent things, and words that don't refer to anything at all. You simply need to learn the difference between words like "unicorn" and rows of…"
Jul 11
Edwin McCravy replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"I think you don't understand where I'm coming from.  In my post to Joan I mentioned two categories of sequences of alphabet letters.  There are actually three categories. Category A: "human", "planet",…"
Jul 11
Edwin McCravy replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"Joan, the very fact that you try to equate the EXTREMELY MEANINGLESS row of letters "God" (capitalized as written and spoken by Christians) or "Yahweh" or "Allah" with the EXTREMELY MEANINGFUL words  "Santa…"
Jul 11
Edwin McCravy replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"John Elder >>I'll say you can't prove a negative any time<< I don't think you actually mean that it is impossible to prove the negative "Suspect S did not commit the murder" by proving that S was someplace else…"
Jul 11
Michael Penn replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"Then you have limited your word choices to the point of not being able to carry on a good conversation, or to the point of only being understood by yourself. In order for you to be understood the rest of the world will not change to your viewpoint.…"
Jul 11
Edwin McCravy replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
">>Your arguments for "theological non-cognitivism" are no different that the theists arguments that repeatedly say:"can you prove there is not a god"!!<< No they're not like that at all. I say to the theist…"
Jul 11
Michael Penn replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"You talk above on the "Egyptian sun zod, fod, and zicklebloof." When I use your way of expressing it everything becomes perfectly clear. Let's throw away this one word that means nothing at all. It gives us better understanding. I…"
Jul 11
Edwin McCravy replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"I agree that "faith" is a religious word. It takes religious-type faith to believe that "God", "Yahweh", or "Allah" refer to anything at all, existent or nonexistent."
Jul 11
Edwin McCravy replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"I didn't mean to type this nonsense " I'll bet you are like have idea of what I am saying".  My computer was fouling up and delayed displaying what I typed.  Sorry.e ignore ."
Jul 11
Edwin McCravy replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"OK, make it "Zad" or "Vug", or even "Zjqxtfk", if those are taken. :)"
Jul 11
Edwin McCravy replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"I admit that I often repeat what I said earlier, hopefully in different words. I do that when somebody posts something that shows they think theological noncognitivism is atheism or agnosticism.  It isn't either.  Theological…"
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What reason is there to believe "God" as spoken by theists is a coherently defined word?

Posted on August 20, 2016 at 1:07am 0 Comments

Why don't you atheists who believe "God" is a coherently defined term like the terms "unicorn" and "Santa Claus" give me a reason to believe that it is?  Don't you think that would be a better plan than just dissing me because I don't happen to know of any reason to believe "God" is a coherently defined word?

Theological noncognitivism

Posted on April 1, 2010 at 9:51pm 2 Comments

I don't label myself an atheist, but rather a theological noncognitivist. Theists say "God is infinite" but everything anybody can think of is necessarily finite. Therefore I don't believe the row of 3 alphabet letters "God" or the row of 6 alphabet letters "Yahweh" refers to anything that can be mentally thought of either by theists, atheists, or agnostics. That's why I don't speak or write "God" or "Yahweh" except within quotation marks, and only then to speak of the row of alphabet…

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At 11:59am on January 12, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hi, and a friendly welcome to Edwin McCravy.
Very glad to have you here among the sensible, rational set.

Welcome to this great Nexus meeting place and its thousands of bright people like you who recognise religion for the superstition and brainwashing fraud that it is---
and that gods exist only as fictions inside people's heads.

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