Would it help to replace the term "atheist" with nullifidian? Its a combination of u201cnullifyu201d and u201cobsidian,u201d leaving us with a bleak picture of black nothingness. It was once considered a good alternative.

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No, it would not help to replace atheist with nullifidian.

,The terms atheist and nullifidian are not synonymous.

nullifidian | Definition of nullifidian in English by Oxford Dictionaries says:,A person having no faith or religious belief.

,atheist | Definition of atheist in English by Oxford Dictionaries says:,A person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods.

,These are not identical concepts.

A nullifidian may have no religious belief, but such a person may still believe in a god.

The definition does not preclude this.

Similarly an atheist could follow a religion that does not require a belief in a god.

For example, there are atheist Buddhists.

,Nullifidian is NOT a combination of nullify and obsidian.

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com merely said that:,Nullifidian seems like its just a combination of u201cnullifyu201d and u201cobsidian,u201d leaving us with a bleak picture of black nothingness.

,Whoever wrote that entry was simply making an observation.

The term nullifidian actually comes from the Latin words for no and faith.

,Origin and meaning of nullifidian by Online Etymology Dictionary tells us:,1560s, from Latin nulli-, combining form of nullus no (see null) + fides faith (from PIE root *bheidh- to trust, confide, persuade).

,Neither atheist nor nullifidian suggest a bleak picture of black nothingness.

Aside from those facing issues with depression, there is no reason to think that either an atheist or a nullifidian would perceive the world, universe or life in this manner.

,Some theists imagine that life would be devoid of meaning or wonder without belief in a deity, but atheists can find meaning and wonder all around them.