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Theological noncognitivism

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Elder Nov 3. 172 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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John Elder replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"By the way, in order for you to decide the word god is nonsensical you must hold a mental concept of the meaning of the word. Without the positive of the concept to argue against you could not formulate its opposite nonsensical nature. That you can…"
Nov 3
Michael Penn replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"Yes, John, you do."
Nov 3
John Elder replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"Thank you Joan. This seems to be a never ending argument. I think I have to choose to disbelieve it exists from now on. By its own definitions of reality it has no meaning being words that describe the nonsensical. The argument for it is little more…"
Nov 3
John Elder replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"All this time and discussion later and here you come again with the same statement you made in the beginning. Saying a thing over and over does not lend it any credibility at all.  According to your lingual criteria and definition nothing at…"
Nov 3
Joan Denoo replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
"John, you make sense out of nonsense. "
Nov 2
Edwin McCravy replied to Edwin McCravy's discussion Theological noncognitivism
">>the validity of his claims.<< I'm not making any claim, unless you call the LACK of making a claim "making a claim"  [Is the LACK of a horse a horse?] It's you atheists and agnostics who are making a claim, the…"
Nov 2
James commented on Edwin McCravy's blog post What reason is there to believe "God" as spoken by theists is a coherently defined word?
"It always comes down to what type of god you are trying to define. Overly vague and the definition is meaningless, but more defined and you find yourself making assertions about a particular, idiosyncratic god, without evidence or proof. There is no…"
Aug 29
Michael Penn commented on Edwin McCravy's blog post What reason is there to believe "God" as spoken by theists is a coherently defined word?
"I find the words of Compelledunbeliever and Joan Denoo to be very enlightening here. Keep in mind that we have to use words that describe in order to get our point across to another person. Not that the word "god" describes anything, but…"
Aug 27
Joan Denoo commented on Edwin McCravy's blog post What reason is there to believe "God" as spoken by theists is a coherently defined word?
"I missed an aspect of belief in god and spirits, the attitudes and behavior of a believer. Too many times I have witnessed terrible evil done in the name of some god. I also see fears many seemingly mentally healthy, mature, adults express…"
Aug 26
Joan Denoo commented on Edwin McCravy's blog post What reason is there to believe "God" as spoken by theists is a coherently defined word?
"Defining the word "god" is like defining "ghost". How can one define something that does not exist? Someone who believes there is a god may also believe in ghosts. I don't believe in either, just as I do not believe in Santa…"
Aug 26
Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Edwin McCravy's blog post What reason is there to believe "God" as spoken by theists is a coherently defined word?
"I consider "God" to be as coherent as "round square"."
Aug 26
Compelledunbeliever commented on Edwin McCravy's blog post What reason is there to believe "God" as spoken by theists is a coherently defined word?
"I would encourage you to closely watch this website. There are many very wise people here who have had similar experiences and asked similar questions. Three is a plethora of information here in the archives."
Aug 26
Compelledunbeliever commented on Edwin McCravy's blog post What reason is there to believe "God" as spoken by theists is a coherently defined word?
"On your previous blog post on April's folks day of 2010 you appeared to be struggling with a similar issue. What appears to be your theological question is what is God? I would proffer this question what is a unicorn or Santa? We are each…"
Aug 26
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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
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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

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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 7 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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