"HwŠt! We Gardena in geardagum,It's fascinating to see each obsession you develop on this thread.
For someone that seems to be so hung up on the nuances of words and language, I'm amazed at how rigid you can be with such an ever evolving medium.
We'd likely be speaking and writing in some variation of Eald Englisc, be gode, gif ■ū habban Úower wīse, nß?
It's okay. This response isn't for you, either.
<quoted text> Insofar as it's impossible for a newborn to have the belief of the theist, by default it would have no theistic belief. Is that atheist?
It certainly isn't theist.
So what? A newborn baby has little *thought* of anything, other than hunger, bowel movement, sleep, succor. None of that qualifies as reasoned thought. A newborn baby doesn't believe in Santa, prefer football over baseball and doesn't care what your clothes look like. It doesn't know if it'll like scrambled eggs or pancakes or anything of that sort and more until it is introduced to those things and taught what they are, exposed to them and told what or how to think of them, or can experience them and decide for his or her self what to think of whatever it may be.
At the least, this suggests that theism and *pretty much* all else is taught or learned, as you will so eloquently point out in your last statement.
Newborn --to--> children are really impressionable early on. Whatever you tell them, they generally and literally accept as unshakable fact, at least until an older age.
A newborn is like a blank slate.
<quoted text> Are you saying that rocks or pool tables are theists?
Did you catch my use of *blank slate*^up^ there? It was a cue. HAR HAR HARRRR!
You set me up for that. Chalk one up for the old eagle eye and luck. I love the way you can spin stuff with the right application of English. What a bust. I felt it, did you?
Thanks for the bump and chance to run that much slop with so little effort.
OH, and make sure to try the waitress and tip the punch before you leave!
<quoted text>You answered your first question just now, and the key word is,*teacher*.
Children are taught.
Thanks for the comment. For reasons that defy conventional theist thought, my son makes very good grades, is very polite, cares about people and gets in none, and I mean freekin none of the trouble that other of his friends have or do.
The friends I mentioned earlier, allŚ>theists, and from birth Ś as you seem to think.
Your opinion of my parenting capabilities is exactly what I'm used to. I've come to expect it, and that tells me I've done the right things. He'll soon be 16.
Not too bad for a single dad(AN ATHEIST!...lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!), eh?
He shoots better than I do, too, at pool and things utilizing velocity and spin.
People tell me he has my eyes.
At least one of them.
Praise the fnord.
hu a Š■elingas ellen fremedon.
Oft Scyld Scefing scea■ena ■reatum..."