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What is the Definition of God?

Every debate should begin with agreeing on what words mean...

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Dave Swindle

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July 1, 2012 - 2:00 pm
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I received this email last week:

Hi

Your recent article in PJMedia “When Math Becomes Your God” generated quite a spirited discussion. I participated in that discussion to some extent. Unfortunately, the article and comments are now in the PJMedia archives. Out of sight, out of mind.

Since the subject matter is of interest to me and I think may be to others as well, I approached one of the people who run debunkingchristianity.blogspot.ca in the hopes of interesting someone there in continuing the discussion. To my delight he agreed. So the discussion continues:

http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.ca/2012/06/dc-to-rescue-and-atheism-is-not.html

What I’m wondering is if there might be some way of inviting participants at PJMedia to check it out. Maybe post a notice or invitation? I’d appreciate any suggestions, thanks.

[Name snipped]

Ask and you shall receive. Here’s the post from June 16 that prompted the debate that created 15 threads of 62 comments. It began with an excerpt I highlighted from an atheist blog to show how some adherents of Richard Dawkins-style New Atheism adapt religious language and symbolism to their philosophy.

The purpose of these Lifestyle blog posts is to prompt discussion and debate amongst readers and contributors. To do that best, I could use your feedback. Which apolitical subjects do you want to see posts covering? Email me at DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.Com or follow me on Twitter @DaveSwindle where you can quickly send me links of interest.

Looking at the debate over at Debunking Christianity this jumps out and seems as good a place to start as any:

I define atheism as this: A positive belief in a negative proposition that “God does not exist”.

Which is different to many who declare it is “a lack of belief in a God” or a “non-belief”.

Let me explain my position in referring to Ernest Nagel (reprinted in Critiques of God, edited by Peter A. Angeles, Prometheus Books, 1997):

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