An Atheist is someone who denies the existence of God. Right?
I was disappointed to find that on applying for Atheist Nexus I was asked whether I was a theist (in which case I would be denied access) or an atheist (in which case I would be granted membership).
This is however a very black and white way of looking at things - a bit like George Bush (God bless the little creep) saying "If you are not for us, you are against us!"
I'm neither for nor against GWB. I just want to be left in peace by this little twerp, as I don't care to take sides one way or the other, because polarisation is IMO not conducive to sane and rational thinking.
It's the same with God. Why be a theist or an a-theist? Isn't it enough for the sun to shine without crediting or blaming some supernatural entity for it, or denying that such an entity exists?
I guess I'm a realist: I accept that whatever is, is. If there is such a thing as God, that's fine with me. If there isn't, that's equally fine with me.
It seems to me that we live in stunningly beautiful universe which is permeated by an incredible intelligence, which unfortunately seems to elude so many people due to the fact that they allow perverted thinking to adulterate it.
Such perverted thinking is IMO typically found in people who subscribe to organised religions, religions which have invented God realising that they can turn their invention into a marketable commodity and a tool for manipulating, controlling and exploiting the masses.
Perverted thinking can however also be found among atheists who reduce the universe and the human being to a machine-like entity.
The point I am getting to is that I wasn't quite truthful when I joined. I am not an atheist. Nor am I a theist. I am who I am. Now you can either throw me out, or allow me to stay and enter into a meaningful discussion! :-)