Coming Out: The Seven-Letter-Word, Part I

I wonder how many readers noticed the complete absence of the words ATHEIST and ATHEISM in my two previous posts… “Coming Out: Hello World!” & “Coming Out: The Three-Letter Word, Part I”?

To that point, let’s get the ball of rationality rolling in the right direction… and shift the burden of proof to where it belongs…

“Atheism” is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a “non-astrologer” or a “non-alchemist”. We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and their cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs. – Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

Learn More… Coming Out: Full Disclosure


17 thoughts on “Coming Out: The Seven-Letter-Word, Part I

  1. When I deconverted I didn’t use those terms for a long time. (I do now.) And when my kids were young I warned them that using “atheist” around evangelicals brings in a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions which they might want to avoid. If they wanted to say they were “agnostic” or “not religious” to avoid confrontations, that was fine by me.

    It’s more important to be clear about what we think than it is to put a label on people.

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    • Agreed… ignorant stereotyping at the least, a common bias of even moderate believers… but it’s even worse… such terms are exploited by the evangelicals in order to intentionally demonize anybody who does not ascribe to their superstitious nonsense… and why we non-believers need to use these terms very judiciously. I plan to share more thoughts regarding your important points in the coming days. Thanks and peace.

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      • I tend to not use the “a” words and as in your note above use ‘nonbeliever’. This seems a very simple way to divide the world. There is the natural world and a dreamed of supernatural world in which I cannot believe. I’m a nonbeliever. GROG.

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    • Thanks a bunch for sharing, GROG. Indeed, I have devoured the writings of the four horsemen and beyond… instrumental in my decision to come out. Everyone should check out your recommendations.

      And I just love to watch Hitchens absolutely own his apologist opposition in these so-called “debates”.

      BTW, I plan to post my “required reading” list soon. Cheers!


  2. At least for me, the greater problem is setting things right. I want others to understand. It should be so simple. However, I confess that I am still learning/understanding (after all this time) about being atheist. Things such as burden of proof and what I do believe, appreciate, and love. Life without god (there is book by that title, I think) is not all gloom and doom for me. My experience seems to have been the opposite.

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    • Quite the opposite for me too, Bill… feeling more vulnerable to be sure, but also infinitely more powerful and responsible and free! Of course, the Christians who are trying to save me accuse me of the sin of pride… a common tactic employed by the gatekeepers to keep the sheep in check. Thanks and peace.

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  3. If I know that I will be backed up and supported by appropriate loud thunder and flashes of lightning, I hold my arms in the air yell, “There are no gods.” We all need more drama, right?”

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