Theist Denies That
God Doesn't Exist
Johan Grahn

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Added: May 16, 2001

Cliff responds:

This is supposed to be funny, and I think it is: To me, the joke is on the flawed definition, and turning it around like this shows the absurdity of the flawed dictionary definition. To invert the fair definition:

does not give you the same punch; it does not show any absurdity because, unlike the flawed dictionary definition, there is no absurdity to begin with:

or, at best:

but this doesn't really make sense.

The Skeptics Dictionary is pointing out the unfairness of defining atheist as "someone who denies that there is a God." This definition presupposes the existence of God, and says that the atheist denies this "fact." Worse, the atheist in the dictionary is also patently dishonest knows that God "exists" but denies -- that is, lies about what he knows!

While I cannot be sure what was going on in the mind of the writer who penned this joke, this is what the punch line means to me.

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