There are many often overlooked doctrines, ideas, and beliefs which I think say more about people then the simple label most of us claim (be that Christian, Buddhist, Atheist...Etcetera). So I thought it could benefit us all to share these terms and definitions. Which isms (etc) define you best, and which do you disagree with most? Please include definitions to save us all some time.
Here are a few terms to serve as examples:
In epistemology and in its modern sense, rationalism is "any view appealing to reason as a source of knowledge or justification" (Lacey 286). In more technical terms it is a method or a theory "in which the criterion of the truth is not sensory but intellectual and deductive" (Bourke 263).
a)somebody who believes in one god but who is not a Christian
b)a Christian who does not believe in the doctrine of the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Ghost)
a)a submissive mental attitude resulting from acceptance of the doctrine that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable
b)a philosophical doctrine holding that all events are predetermined in advance for all time and human beings are powerless to change them
a)The doctrine that humanity is the central fact of existence and that all ethical matters are to be gauged by how they affect human interests.
The view (opposed to creationism) that the universe is eternal.
a)(metaphysics) The view that all matter is endowed with life (similar to animism, pantheism, or the monadology of Leibniz).
b)(metaphysics) The view that all life is a property of matter (similar to materialism).
a)(metaphysics) The doctrine, derived from Cartesianism, that living things are in essence machines.
That should be enough to get us started. Thanks for your thoughts and time in advance.
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