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Kiwi's Avatar Jump to comment 22 by Kiwi

‘Atheism’ is a negative term (constructed by negation of ‘theism’), and, bound in opposition to ‘theism’


No, the prefix "a" in this case means absence of, as in amoral, without morals, not immoral, bad morals.

The absence of a belief in something does not imply a negation or opposition of that thing. Try it with something you do not have a belief in, or maybe even knowledge of, such as .

It doesn't make a comment on positive or negative as a term, simply on the non existence of god(s). A non existence is not a negative. Any more than the absence of numbers is a negative number.

Thu, 02 Apr 2009 15:06:00 UTC | #343097