I've been following with interest the Forum discussion that Andre M. Smith Jr. started
, exploring a new definition of atheism. Everyone made good points, but it ultimately came down to a definition dependent on the ideas we reject. About a year ago, a website opened that invited people to make "claims", that were then voted on. I don't know if it survived, but I made the following claim about atheism at that time:
A new understanding of atheism is emerging - an understanding in which atheism's rejection of God as a useful construct is seen not as central but as incidental to an ethical worldview founded on three pillars: science to explain the nature and dynamics of our universe, compassion to provide our moral compass, and a sense of wonder and boundless possibility to give meaning and purpose to our lives.
I think my claim attracted a total of five responses; two agreeing and two not and one uncertain. I suspect that the responses from this group will be more interesting.