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pwyguy You didn't 'coin' the term apatheist. Let's just establish the true meanings of terms, shall we? A 'theist' believes in one or more gods. Theism adresses BELIEF. An ''atheist' rejects one or more god claims. One might be an atheist as regards Apollo, and a theist as regards the judeo-christian god. Traditionally, only atheists who reject all god claims they know of apply the term atheist to themselves. 'Apatheists' are apathetic not on what other people's god claim beliefs are, but are apathetic as to god claims themselves. They don't care IF there is a god. Anti-theists are people who oppose religion and the harms religion causes in society.
A 'gnostic' KNOWS a particular god claim is true. 'Gnosticism' adresses KNOWLEDGE. An 'agnostic' doesn't know if a particular god claim is true or false. Almost everyone is agnostic about every god claim.
I am an agnostic atheist for every god claim I've ever heard. I am also mildly anti-theist.
Oh, and the "i before e rule" doesn't apply to the words in question, because 'ist' is a suffix, and as such should not be separated. The 'i' stays with the 'st' because they are all one suffix. No revision of the rule is needed.
December 7, 2012 at 8:40 a.m.
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