Many atheists find it unpleasant and sometimes don't want to openly and proudly categorize themselves as atheists when asked. Some prefer to use the words humanists spiritualist non believer non religious etc. In many occasions the word Atheist is considered offensive. If we atheists have to label ourselves , what is the preferred terminology?
I am just so happy to be living in a day and age where there is a web site and others (like you guys that have prevented me from feeling isolated or crazy for my forward thinking. Growing up in an over zealous, obscessed Christian family, I noticed that I played these tapes over and over and didn’t realize how strongly it affected my self esteem, my everyday thoughts, “Just give it god and it will work out”. “Because you’re a sinner...that’s why you didn’t get the job..the college.... the (whatever) ..give it to god and everything will be ok”, “Pray hard and god will change you”. On and on and on ! UGH!! What a crock. I don’t think, until recently, we realize how damaging the Christian religion is to ones psych day in and day out. It is an evil, prejudice, hypocritical, bigoted, and self defeating religion. Being able to express being atheist, and proud of it is awesome...we’ve come a long way baby !!!!
I would call us the "uninfected."
Personally, I consider myself an out in the open Atheist that does not hide from the label. The way I look at it is if someone doesn't like that term then I might be a bit of an asshole and say right out that I really don't care what they think.
I just figure that there are religious people out there who will never try to stop and understand us or where we come from and I figure why bother when you know you might never be capable of saying or doing anything that will ever be able to please them?
no one uses the word spiritualist in lieu of atheist. the two words are nowhere near one another in definition. as for what an atheist prefers to be called, it depends on the the particular atheist. some don't care to be called anything at all. if someone wants to refer to my lack of theism, i prefer atheist. i am one person. some may feel as i do and others may not. there is no one preferred terminology. but i guarantee you that even if there was one, it would not be spiritualist.
We are thought we are expression we are who and what we are we are free of any and all constraints of mortal belief in an all powerful God or God's we are an idea wrapped in a conundrum that few can or even would want to comprehend we are as far removed from sheep and as close to highly functioning individual beings of the purest form of thought that is not corrupted by a story told thousands of years ago and corrupted for the purposes of keeping the masses in line.
We are us and we are what must be.
If you want to tag that then by all means go for it. I on the other hand am happy to be who I am.
a person who believes that the spirits of the dead can communicate with living people.
"he became an ardent spiritualist, attending seances and insisting on their authenticity"
an advocate of the doctrine that the spirit exists as distinct from matter, or that spirit is the only reality.
"a nondenominational spiritualist"
relating to the belief that the spirits of the dead can communicate with living people.
"spiritualist mediums who claim to be able to contact the dead"
There's a time and a place for any label. If I'm up for a fight, I'll answer that I'm an atheist. If I'm not in the mood, I'll weasel around it. Like nonreligious or something more specific like how I don't let any religion get in the way with my relationship with God.
I'm tempted to check out the Buddhist temple. Might be some good advice there, and theists don't tend to have an issue with Buddhism. I mean, aside from the rabid theists, but there's no pleasing those people.
I don't mind offending people if it means I get to explain why they are wrong. And yes, all the offense taken at this word stems from lies.
If not atheist, I'd go by apistevist. It means essentially the same but the religious right have yet to equate the word with "hatred of gods" and "love of Russian communism".
I am very happy with the title of "a" (not) "theist" = atheist, as to be a theist requires faith (belief without evidence).
As I value truth supported by demonstrable facts, and theists must use faith to support their god assertion theists do not value truth supported by testable facts, to not be an atheist is a title I would not like.
I don't have a problem with the term atheist. That being said I also follow a nontheistic faith, Pantheism. I get others arguing with me that I'm not an atheist.
The Universe isn't a deity.
I don't think I fit the definition of humanist. Spiritualists, if I remember correctly, believe in the use of mediums to contact the dead.
I call myself an atheist. If I think saying so will lead to a fight, I just keep quiet or lie. Atheist isn't offensive in itself, but if you want to pick up a different label to avoid conflict, that's your own choice. Just make sure you choose a term that accurately describes your own philosophy.
I am proud of my atheism...tho some people work hard to make it ugly...in recent years, my home state of Utah, has erected large metal crosses alongside the roadway, where a Highway Patrol Trooper has lost their life...shows their name and end of duty date. In my opinion a couple local members of an Atheist group, went to court and sued as promoting a religion and therefore should be moved off public land. Well there are extremists in all groups, and I call out that they are not promoting a religion, but rather honoring one who gave their life for the public safety...but then again, common sense is becoming less valued in time...