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The Other Isms

Dear Fellows,

First of all, I thank the Lord God Almighty for giving us this wonderful day of blogging. If you happen to peruse my other blogs, you can remember that we talk about “christianism.” Before we start off with our glimpse of the other isms, let us review first what christianism is:

http://dict.die.net provides us this:

Christianism \Chris`tian*ism\, n. [L. christianismus, Gr. ?: cf.
   F. christianisme.]
   1. The Christian religion. [Obs.] –Milton.

http://www.blueletterbible.org provides us with the following:

Χριστιανός see: http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?strongs=G5546 

Now, let consult back the dictionary:

An ism means  a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school. [syn: doctrine, philosophy, school of thought].

Always remember that we, the christians, accepted the Scripture of Truth as authoritative though not all the conversations in the Bible tells the truth because not all beings mentioned there who spoke are godly, i.e., satan and his cohorts. Now, if you find it easy to use your dictionary more than Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary, then perhaps we will delve first into the meanings of  “doctrine, philosophy and science.”

2. That which is taught; what is held, put forth as true, and supported by a teacher, a school, or a sect; a principle
      or position, or the body of principles, in any branch of knowledge; any tenet or dogma; a principle of faith; Syn: Precept; tenet; principle; maxim; dogma.
Usage: — Doctrine, Precept. Doctrine denotes whatever is
      recommended as a speculative truth to the belief of others. Precept is a rule down to be obeyed. Doctrine
      supposes a teacher; precept supposes a superior, with a right to command. The doctrines of the Bible; the
      precepts of our holy religion.

Source: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Doctrine \Doc"trine\, n. [F. doctrine, L. doctrina, fr. doctor.
   See Doctor.]
   1. Teaching; instruction.

 

Philosophy means 1. Literally, the love of, including the search after, wisdom; in actual usage, the knowledge of phenomena as explained by, and resolved into, causes and reasons,
      powers and laws. 2. A particular philosophical system or theory; the hypothesis by which particular phenomena are explained.3. Practical wisdom; calmness of temper and judgment;
      equanimity; fortitude; stoicism; 4. Reasoning; argumentation.5. The course of sciences read in the schools.6. A treatise on philosophy.
Science \Sci"ence\, n. [F., fr. L. scientia, fr. sciens, -entis, p. pr. of scire to know. Cf. Conscience, Conscious, Nice.] means 1. Knowledge; knowledge of principles and causes; ascertained
      truth of facts. 2. Accumulated and established knowledge, which has been systematized and formulated with reference to the
      discovery of general truths or the operation of general laws; knowledge classified and made available in work,
      life, or the search for truth; comprehensive, profound, or philosophical knowledge. etc. 

Now biblical references point out that the Apostle Paul and even Daniel talked about philosophy and science in the following verses:

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: (I Timothy 6:20)

Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. (Daniel 1:4)

St. Paul plainly warned them (the christian colossians)  about a philosophy that will spoil them. Why will it spoil them? Because if you see, there were stoics long before the atheists and other vain philosophies right now.

Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection. Acts 17:18

“The Stoics provided a unified account of the world that comprised formal logic, materialistic physics, and naturalistic ethics.” from http://www.malaspina.org/zeno.htm With that quotation alone, we can conclude that during the 3rd century before Christ, there were people already engaged in embracing “formal logic and not biblical”, “material physics and therefore not spiritual” and “natural ethics and not godly behavior.” So, no wonder that St. Paul warned the christians.

“Epicureanism was originally a challenge to Platonism, though later it became the main opponent of Stoicism.” from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epicureanism

Those isms above were just the main opponents of “Christianism” but how about of todays’ isms?

Let us consult Strong’s dictionary for this word “Athens.”

 H1471  gowy  go’·ē  nation, heathen, Gentiles, people 
H5688  `aboth  ab·oth’  wreathen, cords, band, boughs, rope, chains, branches G116  Athēnai  ä-thā’-nī  athens 
G117  Athēnaios  ä-thā-nī’-os  athenians, of athens 
G1482  ethnikos  e-thnē-ko’s  heathen, heathen man 
G1484  ethnos  e’-thnos  Gentiles, nation, heathen, people 

Have you noticed the “resemblance” of the word “Atheism”? By means of “syncope” “Athenism” became “Atheism”, or you contest me of linguistic creation of words? This is just probability but who knows? Atheists have no firm foundations; they don;t have any ground of “common” belief.

Remember whatever it is that contradict God’s doctrine or teachings even how scientific it may seem to appear, that thing is a false science, inasmuch as God’s teachings are and forever will be scientific in his eternal purpose.

By the way, perhaps next time God willing, we will talk about few things concerning the other isms (Buddhism, Mormonism, Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Taoism, Mohammedanism, Confucianism and other widely embraced isms as paganism and personalism.)

Very truly yours,

Enton Ces

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  1. Pinoy Atheist said, on March 4, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    “ism” doesn’t mean belief. “ism” is just a suffix that connotes action or of state. It’s also a modifier that indicates action, manner, condition, beliefs or prejudice.

    Oh and atheism has nothing to do with Athens…unless you’re talking about free thought. Atheism is a word that came from the prefix “A” + theist (theo = Greek word means God or gods if plural) and the suffix “ism” = Not a believer of god or gods. Easy huh?

    Do atheists have no firm foundations? Not really. You see all atheists, regarding of what kind, don’t believe in a god or gods.

    Going to delate this…not a problem. I’ve already place this on my blog.

    Have a nice day.

    John the Atheist

  2. entonces27 said, on March 6, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    I have not yet encountered a “Dictionary of Atheism” available either in any libraries in the Philippines or throughout the internet. Besides conventions will tell that “theos” is an accepted Greek equivalent for “god.”

    G2316 theos the-o’s god, god, godly, god-ward, misc .

    I guess you have a fragile thoughts regarding the usage of “god” by the Bible writers and by the King James Translators. Vide:

    http://www.blueletterbible.org/search/lexiconc.cfm?Criteria=god&st=any

    And are you really “atheos”? Atheos is without GOD.

    http://dict.die.net/god provides this:

    God \God\ (g[o^]d), n. [AS. god; akin to OS. & D. god, OHG. got, G. gott, Icel. gu[eth], go[eth], Sw. & Dan. gud, Goth. gup, prob. orig. a p. p. from a root appearing in Skr. h[=u], p. p. h[=u]ta, to call upon, invoke, implore. [root]30. Cf. Goodbye, Gospel, Gossip.]

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/GOD?qsrc=2888

    Danish: Gud , Dutch: God, Icelandic: guð, Norwegian: gud , Swedish: gud

    I guess if you’re not able to accept those etymologic meanings, then dig up more. If you are questioning the GODHOOD of the Creator the FATHER, then it’s up to you. Most atheists agree that there are strong and weak atheists and that they REQUIRE christians the OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE, meaning they want to see the SHAPE of the Creator. Sorry, HE IS IN SECRET.

    Enton Ces

  3. Pinoy Atheist said, on March 6, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Hi entonces27,
    Let see…nah you don’t need to cunsult any “atheistic dictionary” when trying to established the meaning of the word “atheism”. It’s just a matter of prefix and suffix.

    As I have already demostrated…a+theo+ism…easy isn’t it.

    Now am I’m atheos? Without God. Hmmmmmm well since I am a free moral agent, yes I am without any god. But I prefer to be called an atheist (without god belief).

    Etymologically speaking the word “god” is an old English word derived from Old Saxon which means something that is given your unfettered devotion. Gosh @ entonces27, you don’t need to copy-post Internet articles for that.

    Speaking of strong and weak atheism…a strong atheist is an atheist who is accept that the proposition “God doesn’t exist” is true while a weak atheist is a person that don’t have any god belief.

    Atheists don’t rely only with empirical evidence when they talk about god. Some like me prefer a logical evidence since empiricism is valid only on existing physical entities. God concept is more fitting with metaphysical hogwash so…to disprove its existence we only need to rely on logical explanations.

    Now is god a secret…or a gossip? It’s up to you to explain this.

    Causa est supremus fides,
    John the Atheist

    • entonces27 said, on March 9, 2009 at 6:15 PM

      Do you also know this? Ad majorem Dei honorem et gloriam! Is the word “god” is an old English word derived from Old Saxon which means something that is given your unfettered devotion? Funny! I almost prefer to learn “Phoenician” languages if ever I want to add another language in my tongue. And because Latin is also the main component of English, I’d have to stick to English only. I don’t either know what you or the other people meant about those phrases. Sorry… and your next comment I might not reply because you have an unreliable thoughts.

  4. Pinoy Atheist said, on March 9, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    Well…it seems you don’t have a grasp of the word “etymology”. That’s the problem.


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