"Let me try to refine what I mean. When I mentioned Nationalism, what I mean is that subscribing to the label Humanist evokes similar feelings of caution and alarm as does subscribing to Nationalism. The reason being is that, like Becca, I do not…"
"Bingo, Becca! I think you just articulated the main reason why I am uncomfortable with it, too.
Also, there can be something akin to Nationalism tied into some labels like that that makes me uncomfortable."
"I think part of the reason I've never been willing to apply the term humanism to myself is that I'm not very comfortable applying labels that can't be distilled down to about single sentence. I think this is because the more…"
"I do agree with most of that description for humanism; where is it from?
I guess my reservation with the label humanism come from being introduced to it via the study of Thomas More; I wrote a term paper on Utopia last year which involved an…"
"What is funny is there is not much, if anything, I disagree with there. But for some reason I can't bring myself to use the label. I don't mind saying that I agree with Humanistic values, but I feel uncomfortable saying "I am a…"
"I agree that it's much more direct and concise to just state that there are no gods. I wonder if the difference between someone claiming totally gnostic atheism and someone claiming gnostis regarding specific definitions of a deity yet…"
"I have no idea all that entails being a humanist, therefore I won't use it.
This is the problem that I keep running up against in trying to choose a positive--or active--label! At this point, I'm just ready to abandon all labels and start…"
"But I guess that this is why I like labels like "skeptic," "freethinker," and "humanist" more than just "atheist".... at least those labels can provide a logical framework within which to work.
Agreed. I shy…"
""I think that it is logically sound to be a gnostic atheist in regards to the existence of a god who created the world in six days only six thousand years ago because we have indubitable evidence which directly contradicts this…"
"Agreed, I think that it is some sort of counterculture phenomenon. I guess the logic is that because we both oppose the mainstream about this one particular issue, we must also oppose the mainstream and hold the minority opinion on all other…"