23rd October 2011

“The etymology of atheist can be traced to Ancient Greek from the word ­atheos meaning without (a-) god (theos). Around late antiquity when monotheistic religions began to flourish, the word sort of acquired the connotation of 'denying the gods' or 'ungodly'. This is probably the source of the negative connotation that is associated with atheist. Considering the fact that religion and the state were entwined, if one is going to be hostile to the beliefs of the state, the connotation of 'traitor', 'lawlessness' or 'radical' would presumably be part of official discourse.”

Ken Ueda

2 Responses to “23rd October 2011”

  1. R J Says:

    negative connotation my ass. that was then……this is NOW.

    i am proud to be an atheist.

    we are not ALL children of god.

  2. Jeff Says:

    GO R J!!!

    Your children of God comment got me to wondering – has anyone looked at the sequence of DNA to find the fractal pattern that should be present for it to express itself? I’m willing to bet that it will turn out to be a relatively simple one, as fractal geometry is the only self replicating math we’ve thus far found…

    Just a bit of speculation – any molecular biologists on the blog?