I am not an atheist, agnostic, anti-theist or a secularist. The measure of belief or disbelief in a force/consciousness/presence in the universe greater than me does not define who I am or how I behave. To call me an atheist holds as much reason and meaning as calling me a non-astrologer, a non-alchemist, an unbeliever in Zeus, Odin, Horace.

 

I am a human who tries every day to be intellectually honest, to cherish and practice reason and critical thought and to denounce absurdity when it is taken seriously. The decisions I make are done so with the full talents of my thought and emotion and their consequences are mine alone for which to answer.

 

I am that I am.

 

(I do not post this to undermine any members of this site or even the site's name itself. I simply feel, among us unbelievers, it is an important point to raise: Is it necessary to define ourselves by what we don't believe. I welcome all comments and thoughts regarding this point of view.)

 

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Comment by Andy on November 17, 2011 at 12:18pm

I fully agree that we do need to unite, lobby, spread the message and tip the balance, but I think we can define ourselves better than atheists which is simply the rejection of belief in the existence of gods. The reasons we came to atheism, I feel, are more important and useful: we value reason, logic and critical thought; we understand the importance of proof and evidence when attempting to answer the big questions and we see it as clearly dangerous when these concepts are abandoned by others in order to make un-provable, supernatural claims about the world, life, the past present and future, etc.
If among our efforts, making atheist mean more than just 'unbeliever', then I'm all in, but I don't think that is happening. It's not by accident that on March 24th, 2012 in D.C. there is a Reason Rally and not an Atheist Rally.
I guess my point is whatever banner we rally under, it should speak more to why we don't believe, instead of speaking simply that we are unbelievers. 

Comment by marcoantonio on November 17, 2011 at 12:30am

I am whatever I am. But I define myself as Atheist for political reasons. We, the 'undefined', have no hope to gather enough strength in numbers to counteract organised religion UNLESS we unite under some sort of banner. Together we can lobby, spread the message, demand equality and tip the balance that the Church holds in their grip. That's why I call myself an Atheist - so I get a chance to explain the situation to others when the subject comes up. So that we can organise events and demonstrations. Even though, just like the religious, we all believe slightly different things.

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on November 16, 2011 at 10:37am

Andy, was that  Lebron Jame-like reference by design?

It is indeed important to define oneself thusly when it is the litmus test for world view. Unless you prefer to have civilization stagnate in a pool of its own blood and piss.

 

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