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.
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.
Is god taken?
I’ve always liked “Enlightened Individual”.
Yeah - god is already taken - it's me. But you can always be another one, What the hell, people have been creating them for centuries,so I decided it was a good job & made myself one. I'm not a real prick like the Xian one. I don;t even want to be worshiped. And I don't need your money.Just don't expect very many favors or interference in either your personal problems of, for that matter - WORLD problems. I have a whole goddam Universe to look after.
I know, William. Trying to save the planet from itself is really hard, and sometimes depressing, work.
labels are useless and lead to prejudice. I can myself a satan loving islamic terrorist atheist to see how dumb people really get. And yes they come that dumb.
ps i just use atheist...it's easier
The last label I used was "non-believer". It was on a site of a woman who pushes her religion. I mentioned that I am also a volunteer for Secours Catholique here in France. I said I respect Christians who attempt to live a Christ-like life but have little respect for religious fundamentalists. I got a positive response. In this case, I needed to identify myself.
Carol. We come into this world innocent and vulnerable. We have different pressures, especially from family. It takes awhile to be able to be whom we really are.
On occasion, I have replied that of course I believe in Zeus - with a smile. (And prepared to accuse the other of being an Atheist if he didn't believe in Zeus.)
Zeus? Zeus! What's wrong with you? It's THORS DAY!
I've begun the study of one god each week. I like to know who I don't believe in.