Off the subject but I read a joke yesterday. It said "I am a sexual atheist. I don't believe I'll ever get laid." ha ha. Sorry if that was too crude but somehow this term religious Atheist reminded me of the joke. Don't know why.
And no, I don't think you can use the word religious in conjunction with Atheist.
I haven't read it, but Bo Bennett has a book called "The Concept: Introduction to Christian Nontheism".
"Atheism" encompasses a lot of..um...disbeliefs, from the general not believing in the supernatural at all, to the specific (and probably linguistically more correct) not believing in a theistic god. If you use the specific definition, then you are open to believing in other forms of supernatural entities (deism, etc.), although you should probably resign yourself to having to make long eye-glazing explanations every time you describe yourself as a religious atheist.
As an aside, I am all for qualifying "atheist". Qualification implies some level of complexity and nuance over the popular idea that atheism just means "belief that god does not exist". But I am looking for something catchier than "agnostic atheist humanist"
I like made up words. I will have to think about "Potentialist"; it may do the job for me ... on the other hand, it is too positive and I want to be negative, mean, hateful, judgmental, "don't get in my face" kind of not-enough-evidence-there-is-a god.
Write4U, you have me there: " creating a lack of belief (an emotional void) is more difficult than to offer a logical alternative which fills the void."
I also remember the "human potential movement" and how helpful that was for me to look to myself for definition instead of accepting others' definition of me.
Truthfully, my goal is to settle down my volcanic anger against religion and instead put something of value in its place.
"belief that god does not exist", does not fit my experience. I would say, "I find no compelling evidence god exists." If evidence showed up, I would say, "OK, issue closed."
Yes, I think that is the stance of most atheists. However, the average person-on-the-street would triumphantly announce, with the certainty that only ignorance allows, that you are then an agnostic, not an atheist.
agnostic isn't strong enough for my taste. If I were to qualify my stance, I would take the anti-theist path.
When a bee gets up in the morning, hunts for flowers to poke its nose into, flutters from flower to flower and it does not say, "I must do the work of the lord!" It does what bees do and in the process pollination occurs.
When a robin gets up in the morning, it sings, looks for worms, listens for worm or bug sounds, digs it out, eats it or takes it to babies, runs across the ground, poops, listens, pecks, pulls, eats and carries food back to the nest. It does what robins do and in the process carries on the processes of life, giving birth and caring for young, dies and returns to the earth, perhaps through the mouth of a cat.
When a cat gets up in the morning ... well, you get the idea.
When a person gets up in the morning ...
In my humble opinion, life has no meaning or purpose other than how we give expression to our lives and how we attend to our consciousness, now; not how we did it or someone else did it, or how we will do it; Life has meaning in the here and now. That is all. There is no reward or no punishment in some other realm.
For me, flourishing is the issue! Are the things I think, believe, say, and do, empowering me and those around me? Do I have the strength to stand publicly and defy abuse, delusions, denial, domination, exploitation, manipulation?