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The truth about Atheism

01 November 2012, 12:03

I was recently blamed for making up words. In particular the word Life stance…

This is all on Wikipedia, so let us not blame the wrong person here…

“Origins of the phrase "life stance"

Life stance is a neologism apparently coined in the mid-1970s by humanists interested in educational matters, and developed originally in that context by Harry Stopes-Roe of the Rationalist Press Association and British Humanist Association. It was originally used in the context of debates over the controversial content of the City of Birmingham's Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, 1975. That document referred to "non-religious stances for living". According to Barnes:

It was the first syllabus to abandon the aim of Christian nurture and to embrace a multi-faith, phenomenological model of religious education; and it was also the first syllabus to require a systematic study of non-religious ‘stances for living’, such as Humanism, and for such study to begin in the primary school”

What is a Neologism…

“A neologism meaning "new” is defined as a newly coined term, word, or phrase, that may be in the process of entering common use, but has not yet been accepted into mainstream language.

It is further described and examples of it given…

I will copy some, but feel free to indulge into them all.

Neologisms List

Science and Technology

Words or phrases created to describe new scientific hypotheses, discoveries, or inventions include,

  • x-ray, or röntgenograph (November 8, 1895, by Röntgen)
  • radar (1941) from Radio Detection And Ranging
  • laser (1960) from Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
  • blackhole (1968)( Bruning, no reference to you at all)
  • meme (1976) (this is made up… Wow)
  • prion (1982)

Science fiction

Concepts created to describe new, futuristic ideas include,


See also Category:Political neologisms

Words or phrases created to make some kind of political or rhetorical point, sometimes perhaps with an eye to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis include,

There are many more…

But this is what interested me immensely

“In theology, a neologism is a relatively new doctrine (for example, Transcendentalism). In this sense, a neologist is one who proposes either a new doctrine or a new interpretation of source material such as religious texts.”

And back to the first link of life stance

“Non-religious life stances

Further information: Irreligion and Secular religion

Alternatives to religion include life stances based on atheism, agnosticism, deism, skepticism, freethought, pantheism, secular humanism, SBNR or general secularism

Now, would I be correct to say that atheism is just a new interpretation of source material such as religious texts, similar to the different denominations inside the Christian religion, however in the case of atheism is merely against the teachings.

Make one think about different religions in the world, Could it be...? Sure not...

You tell me

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