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View Diary: Is the World Ready for a God-Embracing Atheist? (172 comments)

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  •  Why should that be a prerequisite? (1+ / 0-)
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    leftyparent

    A tenet of this syncretic religion is there are no false gods.  You can believe that, and that everything ever worshipped as a god in human history is a true god, without necessarily knowing who all of those gods are/were.

    What you can't do is worship a god you've never heard of, but that doesn't seem to be a necessary part of it.

    •  To believe a thing exists (0+ / 0-)

      you have to have heard of that thing.  Doesn't matter whether it's a god or a bicycle or a dinosaur.  First you have to know what the concept even IS before you can say you believe in it.

      Otherwise you might as well be saying:
       "I believe in all Grokzifins"
       "Uh. what's a Grokzifin?"
       "It's a word I just made up.  For now it will be a generic placeholder for all the things anyone in the world might label a Grokzifin."
        "So you're saying you believe in all of them even though you don't know what all of them are?"
        "yeah.  As long as they use that word, I believe in it."

      It's not just logically impossible, it's bad semantics.

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