Posted: Jan 18, 2011 8:26 am
by Nicko
Goldenmane wrote: It's impossible to have a proper discussion if you don't define your terms.


This.

In order to truthfully say the sentence, "I believe that God exists." one must have some meaning that one ascribes to the word "God" (theistic arguments often hinge on rather unusual definitions of the words "believe" and "exists" as well). As a general rule, I tend to assume that any theist who says they cannot provide a definition of what they mean when they say "God" is either a drooling moron or a lying goalpost-shifting troll.

An honest, rational person who wants to have a real discussion wants the terms under discussion to be clearly defined.