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?

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Tags: Atheist, Derogatory, Linguistics, Rational, Rationalist

Comment by Tiago Martins on September 13, 2011 at 6:36pm
Not all atheists are such because they used their reason. While theists like to say that we are ALL just rebelling against religion or have been indocrinated as kids, there are actually some atheists to whom
this applies.

As others have said, labels can be important, but one isn't enough. Unless, of course, I label myself Tiago. :)
Comment by Ron V on September 13, 2011 at 8:17pm

I think I will call religious people "disatheists" or "unatheists" when they call me an atheist.  And if they don't believe every word in the Bible I will call them "semi-Christians" or "pseudo-Christians."

Comment by matt.clerke on September 13, 2011 at 10:27pm

if they don't believe every word in the Bible I will call them "semi-Christians" or "pseudo-Christians.

I call them "full of it", but pseudo-Christians works quite nicely I think.

Comment by Joseph on September 13, 2011 at 11:32pm

Lol, Matt.

I like just plain secular, as in "we're a secular family."

Comment by Helen Pluckrose on September 14, 2011 at 6:38am

I also dislike calling myself an atheist because it is a negative.  On answers yesterday someone suggested that theists could me known as arealists to solve this problem. In this way they can take responsibility for their negative belief. I'm not sure that will take! I call myself a secular humanist. This essentially means someone who focuses on mankind in a way unconnected to religion and is accepted as usually meaning atheist. This is a positive. Of course some agnostics also use this title. The problem with describing yourself as rationalist is that very few people think of themselves as irrational including people with opposite beliefs to your own?

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