The debate over faith and a belief in a higher power managed to bring a perfect example of taxonomy to clarity. This interesting, thoughtful and somewhat humorous topic was inspired by the article, “Haught v. Coyne: The Debate of the Century (Not)” on Evolution News and Views.

Whether you are a spiritual person, believe in a God or fall into some level of ambiguity on the theology subject, the author in the article brought to life the taxonomy of atheists. This not only amused and intrigued me, but brought my two worlds crashing together.

The taxonomy is a hierarchical view of a controlled vocabulary or a list of terms in their preferred form. A taxonomy and thesaurus are often used interchangeably. So whether you use believer, Christian, follower or atheist, it is all part of a taxonomy.

Melody K. Smith

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