"Roy Schestowitz" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> A certain question that has occupied my mind for a while. Why are we
> accustomed to saying "he/she believes in God"? This indirectly implies the
> existence of God -- one God, in fact. Why is it uncommon to hear someone
> say "he/she thinks there is a God"? The difference is subtle, but
> this change of habit be made? I am pretty certain that some people would
> offended by the latter.
You're right. The difference *is* subtle. But not so sublt that
people wanting to convey their thoughts would not intuitively
use the format they intend.