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How comfortable are you with the word "Atheist" ?

We don't have a word for non-believers of Santa Claus or non-believers of The Tooth Fairy, yet we live in a world where those who don't believe in God(s) or supernatural religious philosophies are labelled Atheists. I think that the state of non-believing is the normal state of things as it doesn't need to be taught, unlike religions. I am consequently uncomfortable with using the word and I feel that I concede grounds to their insanity when I use it. What are your thoughts?

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In the late '80s early' 90s those who learned that I did not believe in GOD labeled me a bad person.
Now, most who know me understand that I am a very good human! Some say that I have a better chance of going to "heaven" than most Christians!!!
They totally don't get it but, I'm not offended.

MikeThorne Level 3 Oct 22, 2017
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How comfortable are you with the word "Atheist" ?

> I'm perfectly comfortable with it if people knows what it actually means but even some atheists don't so I'd rather just call myself a skeptic if I really have to call myself anything at all & I don't see why I should.

"We don't have a word for non-believers of Santa Claus or non-believers of The Tooth Fairy, yet we live in a world where those who don't believe in God(s) or supernatural religious philosophies are labelled Atheists."

> Yes & by the God Squad so should we be so eager to paint ourselves as such? I simply say I there are no good reasons to believe god claims & if someone disagrees they need to offer one & they won't be able to ever ever ever will they? (Incidentally 'atheist' doesn't have a capitalized 'a'

"I think that the state of non-believing is the normal state of things as it doesn't need to be taught, unlike religions."

> Exactly but again & again & again people insist that not believing something is a belief!

"I am consequently uncomfortable with using the word and I feel that I concede grounds to their insanity when I use it. What are your thoughts?"

> I totally agree!

Paul Level 4 Oct 22, 2017
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I don't want to redefine who I am. People come up with many terms to make themselves seem more respectful because they fear rejection or negative consequences. I embrace the word atheist.

daddy4pugs Level 6 Oct 22, 2017
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In a perfect world there would be no atheists, but it's not, and as long as people believe ancient theistic crap, they need to know that there are atheistic non crap believers in the world. But if there was a God, he could straighten this out, easily !

realitist Level 1 Oct 22, 2017
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Its not the use of that word that is the problem, but how it is perceived by people that is.

RobertHennIII Level 1 Oct 22, 2017
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I agree in that context , but for political reasons it is needed. we have to fight the rt wind fundies that have taken over this country and its laws. until santa believers flex there muscles in the political arena. then I will also be a asantaist. LMAO

MichaelSpinler Level 7 Oct 22, 2017
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Very. I think it is mostly the religious who aren't, and mostly because they don't understand what it means.

PNEawf Level 3 Oct 22, 2017
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I am uncomfortable with the label Atheist and often search for a more neutral term, mainly in an effort not to offend my more insecure friends.

mzee Level 3 Oct 21, 2017
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Atheist means without god. I think that is exactly what I am and have no problem with it rather I relish the idea.
I use the term "godsucker" to describe anyone who tries to proselytize.

markhas Level 4 Oct 21, 2017
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perfect , I like to tell them I am non delusional. They give me a funny look

RonaldJames Level 3 Oct 21, 2017
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I wish the word was more accepted, but that's what I am.

SteveCohen Level 2 Oct 21, 2017
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Totally comfortable with it, although I used to be much more shy about it. But now any time someone starts spouting off religious stuff to me, my response is "You know I'm an Atheist, right?" Now I have no problems, I proudly identify as Atheist, and even post videos on my Facebook page designed to help those struggling with their loss of faith, and introduces them to Atheism, and let's them know that they are not alone in their lack of belief for some omnipotent being that controls all. I Don't force my beliefs on anyone, and I shoot down anyone that tries to force their beliefs on me, but I am more than happy to answer questions for people and help them realize a world without the shackles of religion.

Lucidmoon Level 4 Oct 20, 2017
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Not one fact or proof ever. To have faith in that is proof of your mind not working properly

Serenabeenthere Level 2 Oct 20, 2017
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Humanity is divided into Theists and Non-theists, taking Theist to mean one who believes there exists one or more supernatural entities with the power to influence events in the physical world.
Non-theists are divided between those who reject the Theist position as illogical, usually calling themselves Atheists or Rationalists, and those who accept that you cannot prove a negative, and so prefer Agnostic or Humanist to describe their position vis-a-vis Theism.
For my part, I do not accept that a Non-theist has to prove anything, the Theist is the one making the extraordinary claim for which one piece of verifiable evidence has yet to be supplied. I therefore regard Atheism as the default null hypothesis to be accepted until disproved.

JimEdwards Level 2 Oct 20, 2017
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Atheist is the term that I used to describe myself. That being said, I don't throw the word around casually. The word comes with so much baggage I don't typically use it unless I need to.

Mightyjustice Level 4 Oct 20, 2017
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I don't think there is a word with more negative stigma attached to it. I will never identify myself by what I'm not. I'm not arapist or ahomosexual so I'm also not atheist.

mt49er Level 3 Oct 20, 2017
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I don't see why the word should make one uncomfortable. It's a word that describes a perfectly respectable point of view.

I suppose that discomfort with some words is situational. If I found myself surrounded by armed, and angry, Christian extremists I don't think I'd be comfortable peppering my conversation with the word "atheist".

JonJacobs Level 4 Oct 20, 2017
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It's sad that we need a label. But It's a common trait among us, so a word is necessary, and "atheist" is about as accurate and impartial as possible. So, yes, I am very comfortable with it.

Emul-P-Edmon Level 2 Oct 20, 2017
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Atheist defines the lack of religious belief, that is all. I am just a much an atheist as I am a photographer, husband, archer, film-goer, book reader, tea drinker, father, uncle etc. Not one of those labels defines me.

OrmRich Level 3 Oct 20, 2017
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As comfortable as saying the sky is blue. Not kind of blue. It is what it is and that is what I am as much as I am a non stamp collector.

BrigittaCuadros Level 4 Oct 20, 2017
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I only use the word atheist around other atheist friends who know what it means and doesn't mean. To most of mainstream society however, that term has been poisoned almost to the level of "nazi". People have a knee jerk negative reaction and immediately assume terrible connotations. It's better to describe oneself as a "non-believer" or "not religious" - at least at first.

Katrillian Level 3 Oct 20, 2017
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I totally get that, and I agree it does have a stigma attached to it. I look at that as an opportunity to have a conversation, and to educate. but I also grew up around hardcore catholics, my aunts and uncles went to catholic school, so I used to be much more shy about it. but I also agree that non-believer and not religious can be just as effective, and mean the same thing
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"How comfortable are you with the word "Atheist" ?"

> 50 / 50 - It depends on what people imagine it to actually mean.

"We don't have a word for non-believers of Santa Claus or non-believers of The Tooth Fairy, yet we live in a world where those who don't believe in God(s) or supernatural religious philosophies are labelled Atheists."

> I agree. I also don't believe in mermaids! What does that tell you? Not much!

"I think that the state of non-believing is the normal state of things as it doesn't need to be taught, unlike religions."

> Who 'teaches' not finding god claims convincing? I agree it's an unnecessary term!

"I am consequently uncomfortable with using the word and I feel that I concede grounds to their insanity when I use it. What are your thoughts?"

> I whole heartedly agree!

Paul Level 4 Oct 20, 2017
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Completely!

pennyc14 Level 3 Oct 19, 2017
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Natural, clean, proud

Russell_Joyce Level 1 Oct 19, 2017
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Very

Nighthawk01 Level 2 Oct 19, 2017
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