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Personally, I think it's strange that the atheists are the ones with a special descriptor.
We don't have a term for those people that
believe in astrology or UFO's or Bigfoot, but if we don't believe in any particular religious flavor of crazy then
the ones that get a word for us.
I don't think atheist is a special descriptor at all.
Jews and Muslims are Monotheists, meaning they believe in 1 god, while christians and hindus are Polytheists with there multiple gods....but theist is simply the root from which the number of gods one believes in is laid out.
LOL a Heathen, according to the entire planet, we are not the majority. (Heck, I bet they had lots of great names for Columbus when he wanted the world to be round and/or run and hide.)
I hate having this kind of thing, like it is my decision alone, but let's go with atheist for now. It may not fit everyone, but there are never just 2 sides to these issues. Actually, if someone needs something special, they can state it. I liked humanist, but it has nothing to do with this and some of the others seem to have positive and negative factors with them.
(Although, Jukeshoe is really close to getting a name change to Sally.)
What the objection is really more accurately about is the expectation of being a christian unless otherwise declared. A sentiment that parades itself every December here in lower Alabama with the churches threatening to boycott stores that wish their diverse customers a Happy Holidays rather than the christian specific Merry Christmas.
The argument will be made that christians are the majority, but as Donovan pointed out, " according to the entire planet, we are not the majority", by the same standard, christians are not anywhere near being a majority either.
Most people in the world don't buy christian mythology either ( of course their problem is they just substitute their own myths) and my militant side just wants to remind the christians of that as much as I can.
Otherwise, Atheist is perfectly fine with me.
I just had an ah-ha moment: How about AH-HA.....Atheist/Humanist-Humanist/Agnostic?
Good idea for a group here Olorin. The DG stuff gets old after a while, but this stuff never seems to.
As a Deist/Taoist, I do not want to be lumped in with atheists or agnostics. Just putting that out there. Humanist is fine but that can umbrella Christians, Muslims, atheists etc so probably too vague for our purposes.
Good point. There's another category. Then how about the term "non-Christian", merely to describe all who aren't "Christian"?
There is no way I can buy the non-christian thing. There are to many other just as real religions out there. So, while we are the Terms thread: I mean since many Christians, see that their way os the only way...What kind of Christian are the Christians on here? Born Again, Catholic,...
More than 2,000 denominations of christianity. Many so different you wouldn't even recognize them as being christian.
How about calling anyone thats religious a "non-rationalist"
How about "individual"?
That would grant the same belief-rights to anyone, no matter what they believed or didn't believe.
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