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    My not believing in fairies is MY non-belief.  I have heard of fairies.  I've read books about fairies.

    In your hypothetical situation, those folks would neither be believers or non-believers but folks absent belief.  That does not make them a sort of atheist but simply folks who haven't discerned yet what to believe.

    •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

      In your hypothetical situation, those folks would neither be believers or non-believers but folks absent belief.

      I'm guessing that this is news to you, but the prefix a means "without, absence of, not." Atheism is thus "without theism" or "absence of theism" or "not theism."

      That does not make them a sort of atheist but simply folks who haven't discerned yet what to believe.

      Perhaps they haven't discerned yet what to believe, but it's a fact that they lack belief in fairies. If they aren't fariy-ists, then what are they if not a-fairy-ists?

      "If you do the right thing for the wrong reasons, the work becomes corrupted, impure, and ultimately self-destructive."

      by AtheismGuide on Sat Jul 29, 2006 at 03:05:57 PM PDT

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