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I don't want to offend anyone but I'm finding it hard know what to call those who do not believe. If you're in that camp please help me out and let me know what you prefer.
"Atheist/agnostic" is too long. I could use A/A for short, but that has other connotations.
I've used "unbeliever" or "non-believer" as purely descriptive labels with nothing negative intended. Does anyone find that offensive? Is there a label with a positive spin?
"Seeker" doesn't quite work because not everyone without faith really is seeking.
"Skeptic" sounds too negative.
"Free thinker" sounds too hippy.
"humanist" sound too academic.
Please help a brother out. What do you want to be called?
Donovan, I think this is your cue...
I'm personally against "seeker." That is the only one on the list that would really irk me, because I'm not seeking religion at all, free thinker does sound hippy, but it's not a big deal to me. I can't speak for all A/A's (yep, just stole that), but I'm not offended by non-believer at all.
First off, atheism and agnosticism are 2 different things, so it's ok to use them, but not lump them together.
Atheist = no god, no afterlife, no ghosts, no resurrections...science, science, science...prove it, prove it, prove it.
Agnostic = well there could be a god, or GOD, but we really can't know. If there is, I don't think any of the ogranized religions have it right and if there isn't, none of it matters anyway....but I'm just not sure I buy it.
If you're speaking to someone about the subject, I think it's personally reasonable to clarify whether they are atheist or agnostic. Also, when you use those terms, you should use them appropriately.
I actually really like humanist, but I think that would be more aptly applied to atheists as opposed to agnostics.
The only reason that I put atheist and agnostic together was because this term is used to address the group of people on here who are comprised of both atheists and agnostics. I'm looking for one short term that encompasses both.
I just thought of "non-theist" and I may try that one out for a while.
Well, I'm just kind of a semantics dork
And because atheist and agnostics really do have different beliefs, I prefer to differentiate.
An agnostic may very well believe in heaven, but just may think there is more than one way to get there whereas an atheist harbors no such allusions about an afterlife.
I like correct. Haha
Kidding aside the only thing I would have mentioned has already been done so by waynewf. None of them really offend me at all, but I will say that when asked what I do believe in I have often said I'm a humanist.
Nice to see you here.
Thanks for the invite. Glad to see there is some good discussions going on in here.
I like the term, "realist." That's what I always tell people when they ask what I believe. I wouldn't be offended by any of those choices, though.
Seeker is just weird. The only one I'd take offense to would be "non-believer." I believe in a lot of stuff, just not what religious people believe in.
Really, I prefer just aethiest, or humanist. Free thinker and skeptic also sum it up fairly well. Skeptic might actually be the term that fits me, personally, the best.
Just so long as you don't call me "Sally!"
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