I recently heard a discussion on christian radio about a person calling him or herself and atheist. The gist is that to call yourself what is essentially a negative, discounts your ethos. People in sobriety do not call themselves "non-drunks" but the more positive and self-affirming "sober". So, the question is, what do you call yourself and why? Personally, I refer to myself as an Evangelical Atheist because I am actively expressing my position and am always willing to join a religious conversation to expound the Atheist point of view. My wife, on the other hand, prefers nontheist. Whether there is a god or not, she could hardly care less and gives neither side any thought.
It really depends on who's asking me, but let's say a close friend or family member asks me what I believe religion-wise. Typically my response is "Oh, I'm not religious" and hope they drop the subject. If the person asking is open-minded, I say I'm atheist because I know they won't think I'm some kind of Satanist for not believing in God or a higher power. If the person who's asking is "spreading the good word" I tell them I'm not interested in talking about it, because I'm not.
Basically, I keep my point of view to myself unless the person I'm talking to is like-minded. I don't like arguing about beliefs because it never goes anywhere and leaves both people feeling frustrated and angry.
In short, I am an atheist. Sorry for the rambling :P
I call myself anti-theist because that is exactly what I mean. I grew up in a family with rampant domestic violence and all the perpetrators were honorable men with high social standing and strong community support for their behaviors. I married and created a family based on those principles and it turned out to be hell personified. When I finally began to question the attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values of my family and culture and began to look around at other families and cultures, I realized I was caught in systems that did not protect me and maintained and perpetuated the obscenities of domestic violence. I very comfortably rest in the arms of reason and evidence and although I am not as militant as I once was, I am even more profoundly committed to surrounding myself with people who live with each other using skills that can very easily be learned: problem solving, conflict resolution, decision making, goal setting, listening, asserting, and many other skills that make reasonable and responsible life possible.
Thank you for the compliment, however bravery had very little to do with desperation. There had to be a better way to live and there is.
I call myself an atheist because that's the generally accepted term for not believing in god where I live. That or normal.
While I'm fine with calling myself an atheist, skeptic fits better.
Evangelical is a bit too close to religious jargon in an annoying way. But I get your point. Nontheist is a little bit of an annoying term too and I've noticed Atheists enjoy playing with semantics too much.
I refer to myself as an Atheist and a Secular Humanist.
I usually use "agnostic". My feeling is that I don't have time to spin my wheels over how we got here, where we are going when we die or how the world got here. In any case, the made-up gods and myths, for those who must have answers at any cost, are pretty ridiculous. I'm busy enough trying to save the world from itself right here on this crumbling planet.