Rhetorical Atheism

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Rhetorical Atheism is a standard by which the term "atheism" is taken in an etymologically plausible sense of "without theism". That is, without using theistic reasoning. A rhetorically atheist argument or other text does not employ the opinions or statements of "God" or gods.

This standard allows a religious person that believes in separation of chuch and state to be said to advocate rhetorical atheism in legislative text. The idea is that certain instances of language should not refer directly to God or gods.

These same people may in fact support a postion for theistic reasons, and if they are religious people, this would still be expected. From an atheistic point of view rhetorical atheism ought to class anti-theism as a type of theism that is not allowed in legislative text, thus the concept of rhetorical atheism also argues that there should be no probition of religion.

- (concept originally by pyrrho, see talk:Rhetorical Atheism)

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