A dictionary is the standard of word usage in any specific language and is peer reviewed by a panel of editors who are experts in that language. They spend hours a day reviewing words and the usage of the words to form a consensus.<quoted text>
What do you think a DICTIONARY is?
Is it some magical "authority" that sets down the definition of words?
Is it a collection of the MOST COMMON USAGES of words?
Which is it?
I know you are NOT STUPID-- you've shown us that much-- you CAN think, at least.
Since there are **more** True Believers than there are atheists?
The True Believers false use of "atheist" will also be in common usage-- and therefore in the dictionary.
That doesn't mean it actually **applies** to **anyone***...!
Me, for example: I would **love** to believe that there was a benevolent god watching out for us all.
But I cannot lie to myself-- I cannot force this "faith" to manifest in my head, any more than I can grow a 3rd arm.
If you had **objective** proof of a god?
I will gladly listen.
Alas... nobody in the history of the earth has uncovered **objective** proof of a god who gives a crap...
Now if you want to use the word atheist in your own way, I obviously can't stop you. Just don't tell me that I can't use the word "trust" in place of faith (and synonymous with trust) to describe my spiritual beliefs.:)