Like myself, many atheists avoid using the word/orthography “God” because in this Christian-privileged nation it carries flavors of an assumed real god — not to mention, that this god is suppose to be the Christian/Jewish god with all its baggage. To counter these pervasive dangerous nuances, Atheists variously write “God” with a small g (see my post: “keep the small g“), or call that god by its parochial, violent tribal name, “Yahweh”. Today, I’d like to offer another option: “-o-“
The Hebrew god, “Yahweh”, demanded that temples of other gods be totally destroyed (Deut 12:3-4) along with their names. He is a god to be feared. Using this passage below, Jews named their god “Yahweh” (Hebrew for “to be”):
And God said unto Moses, “I Am That I Am.” And He said, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, ‘I Am hath sent me unto you.’
— Exodus 3:14
But the Mishnah forbid uttering this name or writing it out in full:
“He who pronounces the Name with its own letters has no part in the world to come!”
Thus religious Jews use a different name like “Adonai” (Lord) or ha-Shem (“The Name”- see my post). Christians (or Jews using English), as a hat-tip to this temperamental Yahweh, have jumped into the fad of writing “God” as “G-d” which hints at leaving out vowels as classic Hebrew does when writing Yahweh (YHWH). This is silliness if fed by the superstition about original language (see my post: the sacred language games)
Well, today I thought of a fun way to write this god’s name which makes fun of this superstitious rot. Instead of “god” or “Yahweh”, why not try “-0-” as a Jeopardy joke on this dangerous Iron Age god who is too often used to manipulate politics and morals using the nasty taboo of sacredness.