They left out the 'mono-' prefix.
|1.||a person who does not believe in God or gods|
|2.||of or relating to atheists or atheism|
I agree wholeheartedly! The Collins dictionary is spot on and to generalize and say all atheists are, "pro-rationality, pro-reason, and pro-logic..." is not right, as I too know plenty that are not. At least not in my opinion (^_-). And as atheism becomes more popular/mainstream, it's inevitable that a much wider cross section of the public will be joining the ranks.
That's why I prefer to be known as a "6" or "Sixth" - that gets them every time and has a riot in L6 atheist as discussed elsewhere on the site.
riot? Ooops - that would have been "roots" if the spelling checker hadn't got a bit out of hand.
Well, Terence, my contention is that the atheist movement is almost a counter-culture movement. Basically we're having to poll against a bizarre inhumanity and moralist regress which has long permeated our culture and society, but now finds itself at a bit of a snare, as it is outmoded, yet refuses to grow beyond its original confines and flourish. I had always thought that Darwin would have agreed with me when I said "it's adaptation or death", but as a shadowy fellow I once read remarked, God is on life support!
If you really stop to consider it, if there was no erroneous attestations as to there being a mythical beared fatass in the clouds listening to harp music and raining burning sulphur down on us whenever he got bored, there would be reason for an antithesis. Hence, atheism is just a movement, albeit a valuable one.
Christianity has/had its purpose... to quell the masses and blanket the fire of ingress. However, now it's a cancerous growth that must be cut away so new ideas and ways of being may propagate themselves. Christianity was always used to bolster the herd in lieu of what were, in the end, political movements. Atheism, on the other hand, offers no such discrepancies... only that people think for themselves in want of the empirical collection of data we need to understand the reforming landscape of our world, which we call 'science'.
So, in closing, the atheist movement will come to an end in its own time, I believe, after mankind has a more rational understanding of life, the universe, and morality. Hence, the fact that Christians have created these terms is fitting, because they will be their undoing.
Well, I don't know why the dictionary would capitalize the word god, because there is no "God" in any religion. The Christian god's name is YHWH, which is pronounced Yahweh.
Here is how Wikitionary defines Atheist:
The word Atheist come from the Greek word ἄθεος (atheos) which means "without god," so it make sense that the dictionary would define an Atheist as "One who denies or disbelieves the existence of a God" but they should remove denies. It makes us sound mean.
But we are mean. We put up Satanic billboards at Christmas.