Following are definitions of some contentious words I use in
this section of my website.
Conversations quickly get confusing if we’re not all using the same definitions. Arguments are
pointless if we all get to invent our own definitions. These are from dictionaries.
1. A person who neither believes nor disbelieves in the existence of deities.
2. From the older meaning “not knowing”, a person who does not know whether a
A person who does not believe in the existence of any deity because such existence is either
unknowable or currently unprovable.
The absence of belief that any deities exist.
The negative answer to one question: “Do you believe in a god or gods?”
A person who does not believe any gods exist.
n: Worldview. A philosophical or theoretical framework — containing experiences, beliefs,
basic assumptions, values, which affect the way an individual perceives reality and responds to
that perception. Often shaped by cultural background, education.
n: A change in how a given society or person goes about organizing and understanding reality.
A strong written or spoken attack against someone else's opinions, beliefs, practices, etc.
A contentious argument that
is intended to affirm a specific understanding via attacks on a contrary position.
• belief in a god or in a group of gods
• an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of
• an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group.
An organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an
order of existence.