God blopwaddled to scrumpwitch the universe

One thing that fascinates me is people using the word “God” as if the word had a meaning.

In my opinion, theists and atheists alike and even agnostics fall into that category.

I picked the header to this article from a phrase in a philosophical essay where the author uses it as an analogue to the proposition: “God created the universe”.

“Atheist” is a strange word

I think Sam Harris’ critique of the word is interresting:

 In fact, ”atheism” is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a ”non-astrologer” or a ”non-alchemist”. We don’t have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and their cattle.
(Sam Harris – Letter to a Christian Nation)

That’s why I like philosophy; because it always urges us to to critically question the words we use.

Certain branches of Buddhist philosophy maintains a healthy critical attitude towards the language of metaphysics.

”What is Buddha?” Dongshan said, ”Three pounds of flax.”



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