08 JAN 2013 by ideonexus

 The Problem with the "Atheist"

As I've said, I've never believed in God, which technically makes me an atheist (since the prefix "a" means "not" or "without"). But I have problems with the word "atheism." It defines what someone is not rather than what someone is. It would be like calling me an a-instrumentalist for Bad Religion rather than the band's singer. Defining yourself as against something says very little about what you are for. That's my biggest objection to the wave of atheist book^ks and Web sites that have c...
Folksonomies: atheism atheist labels
Folksonomies: atheism atheist labels
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Not only does it define someone by what they aren't, it also suffers from an incredible vagueness that tells people nothing about what a person thinks.