Hey everyone, this is my first post and I thought this would be a good topic to bring up.
So, I actually can't stand the word/label of atheist meaning "without god". I mostly don't like it because it describes a group of people as something that "most" people are not. I dont think that anyone should be described in such a way. What if we started calling black people say, non-whites. or If the majority group of people were actually atheist and we started calling people of faith nondisbelievers, or irrationalists. I dont think they would like those labels, so why should we go on being described as something that other people are not, or described as something that we "lack" that other people "have".
The origin of the word itself was derived from ancient Greece's "atheos" to mean without god. The word was used as a derogatory term used to describe nonbelievers of their time to label the group as unwanted or unfavorable and the term kind of stuck.
I don't know, I like the term rationalist, because we go off of scientific understanding and knowledge. If someone were to walk me to the edge of the world and point down and prove to me that the world was flat, i would believe them, If someone could find an error where a force doesn't have an exactly corresponding ma, i would be inclined to believe them, therefore I think rationally and look at things that are there, not what i would like there to be. That's why i like the term rationalist more than atheist.
what do you think?