If you really think about it there are fanatics on both sides. Religion is really only
a group of people believing in a certain way. Atheism to me is the same way
my beliefs and the right to them. I like to live my life with my own beliefs
so I do not begrudge anyone else in their beliefs.
'I don't know what you mean by "glory",' Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't — till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'
'But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument",' Alice objected.
'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'
'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.'
'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master — that's all.'
Jared, you're as stubborn and nonsensical as Humpty Dumpty. You're right about the Greek, of course. theos is the root of theism. Which is [belief in] gods. Which is what I said.
I have said nowhere that I am an agnostic. I am not an agnostic.
Words can convey concepts effectively only to the extent that the words' essential meanings, with regard to their context and syntax, lead to accurate comprehension and appreciation in the mind of the reader or listener. Good communicators make careful choices that are based on our shared understanding of what words mean. Of course words are the choices of individual people--but their value as tools is determined by their aptness as conveyors of meaning.
"I've noted you compared me to Humpty Dumpty. I don't see what this adds to the discussion."
It adds humor. And it uses a fitting illustration to emphasize the silliness of the notion that words do not have certain meanings that we, as possessors of the language, have by consensus ascribed to them.