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The Big Cheese...

I ran into Becky at the Temescal Cafe today. We were both hammering out our final papers, mine on Jasper Johns and on the movie Serenity , hers on the privilege inherent in agnosticism. This was for her Eth(n)ics of Whiteness class, a 20 pager on the topic of focussing on one of your deeply held beliefs and examining the privileges and assumptions inherent in it. As an agnostic myself I was very interested to approach my beliefs (lack of beliefs? I just don't know anymore!) from this angle. I asked her to share her paper with me when she's finished, and (with her permission) I can present some themes and topics in this website as a digestion. At any rate, I looked up " theism " on wikipedia this evening--interesting stuff. The tidbit that jumped out at me: "The term is attested in English from 1678, and was probably coined to contrast with atheism, a term that is attested from ca. 1587..." Got that? Athiests beat you to it by *almost a century*.