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?

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Comment by Michael Penn on August 27, 2016 at 6:20am

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 the other person might think it does.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2016 at 10:59pm

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 about the reality of hell. I don't believe heaven or hell exists, so I have neither the hope of a promise of heaven or the threat of an eternity of hell.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2016 at 10:52pm

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 Clause or spirits. 

I do believe there exists measurable energy that radiates from the body. There also exists the electric outlet and a machine connected to it also sends out an electrical power that creates audio and video on radio or TV. I believe in that energy. 

It is not my responsibility to define something in which I do not believe; ask a person who believes in such a phenomenon for a definition. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 26, 2016 at 9:05pm

I consider "God" to be as coherent as "round square".

Comment by Compelledunbeliever on August 26, 2016 at 6:37pm

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.

Comment by Compelledunbeliever on August 26, 2016 at 6:14pm

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 individuals with different past, experience, backgrounds and DNA. Santa and unicorns are abstract concepts that come from our imaginations. So is God. Unicorns, santa, and God are not infact coherently defined terms. As each imagines them differently they can't be specifically defined. It is a mistake to think that atheist think of God in any specific manor. What we do in general understand is that the concept of a supernatural being is false. We have accepted this and move on with our lives. There is nothing to gain in trying to define an abstract concept. We must simply accept that the abstract concept exist as an abstract concept. It's really that simple. Once that has been accomplished we can move on in a rational manor. Simply put accept what is real and not real, and don't worry about it. I would suggest the the study of rational thought and humanism. I hope this was helpful and you find peace.



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