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.”