Ok so quoting Merriam-Webster is a lie? LOL. You'll have to do better then that.
Dictionaries are fantastic tools, as long as you know how to use them. I won't be exampling the words - "religion" or "faith" - since they do not apply to atheism, as you'll see.
I'm going to look at the word meaning for - atheism - since that's what is in dispute here. I'll be using the Merriam-Webster definitions, too, like you did, no?
Definition of ATHEISM
1 archaic : ungodliness, wickedness
2 a : a disbelief in the existence of deity b : the doctrine that there is no deity
Origin of ATHEISM
Middle French athéisme, from athée atheist, from Greek atheos godless, from a-+ theos god http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ath...
You said you used Merriam-Webster for the definitions you supplied? This is what you supplied.
Langoliers wrote: Atheism
Belief that there is no Deity or Deities. http://www.topix.com/forum/religion/atheism/T...
Imagine that. The definition you supplied, and that you said came from Merriam-Webster doesn't match. Let's look at this word from Merriam Webster.
You might be unaware of what it means.
Definition of DECEITFUL
: having a tendency or disposition to deceive:
a : not honest <a deceitful child>
b : deceptive, misleading <deceitful advertising>
Synonyms: crooked, fraudulent, defrauding, dishonest, double-dealing, false
^^^ That^^^ is^^^what^^^deceitful^^^means^ ^^.
Anyway, let's continue. Did you notice that the word from Merriam-Webster used the word - disbelief - in defining atheism? Disbelief is key to understanding what atheism means, and is used in defining atheism in Merriam-Webster for obvious reasons. We should look at that word in more depth.
Definition of DISBELIEF
: the act of disbelieving : mental rejection of something as untrue
Examples of DISBELIEF
She stared at him in utter disbelief.
<their story explaining their absence was met with frank disbelief>
Synonyms: incredulity, nonbelief, unbelief
Related Words: discredit, distrust, doubt, mistrust, skepticism, suspicion, uncertainty; denial, rejection, repudiation, unfaith http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dis...
Notice it uses "nonbelief" and "unbelief" as synonyms, and also related words are "rejection" and "unfaith". Huh ... nonbelief and unfaith are related to - disbelief. That rules out religion or faith being a component of - atheism.
I figured we should probably look at the root meaning for the prefix - dis. This will clarify - disbelief - even further, and, what the fnck, I've got 4000 characters to burn here.
Plus, you said :
LOL. You'll have to do better then that.
*Then*, I guess I must, yes?
dis-/ not, not any / disbelief, discomfort, discredit, disrepair, disrespect http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0907036.html
^^^Look^^^ at^^^ that^^^.
It means - not, not any. So, when you combine the prefix "dis", with "belief", you get, in an actual meaning, not metaphorical, allegorical, simile or parable.....
...NOT - BELIEF, NOT ANY - BELIEF.
BTW the root meaning for "a" is not, without.
So, atheism means - NOT THEISM, WITHOUT THEISM.
One last definition from Merriam-Webster - the dictionary that you prefer. http://tinyurl.com/6f8ghk
I think it and "deceitful" applies to you in this instance.
Using Merriam-Webster to define the word, it's clear - atheism - isn't a belief, faith, or religion.