"Though I could call myself atheist, because the 'a' in my case stands for 'anti', as I'm an Anti-Theist.
So technically I'm an A-Theist or Atheist, with a capital 'A'.
So I think the term Atheist should only…"
Which is why atheist should be replaced in common language by non-theist.
But, like Italians here have adopted the derogatory label of Wogs, as a badge of honour and defiance for themselves.
It seems that non-theists have also…"
"DD, that's one of the reasons I don't like the common definition of atheist. If it just means a non belief in god, you can believe all kinds of ridiculousness and still say you're an atheist. At the very least I would like…"
"I guess a half-Muslim is one who just doesn't finish the beheading of infidels, he stops at the middle of the neck when he realizes the Islam is the religion of peace. The atheist part of him says that he cannot believe what he just did."
"A Christian atheist is one who's trying to follow Jesus teachings, but don't believe in God of Christianity.
A good example would be David Blaine showing how he can walk on water like Jesus, but he doesn't believe in God."
"That is like being half pregnant or a non-golfer who plays golf.
It simply doesn't work.
You either believe in a god, Muslim/Christian or you don't, atheist.
Half way is agnosticism, so essentially he is describing him/herself as agnostic,…"
"Jack, when I became atheist I found that most of my friends are really only acquaintances. With that said you can see why a lot of people will continue sticking with their faith. They know that to question and doubt you end up living a much more…"
"To many acquaintance and not enough true friends make people ride the fence. No one in their life to push the hard questions. acquaintances are so vanilla and useless. Thats why we work at building real and true friendships in this life. The only…"
"I linked the video in my last reply, and it is pretty clear she confused the statement. That said, she also seemed pretty clear that she knew what she was saying - not that she knew what she meant, but what she was saying. I have watched/read a few…"
"I've read all the replies here so far and I feel that the others have pretty well answered the question well. Perhaps she did mean that one of her parents were Muslim. Whatever it was, Jamila Bey is a very smart woman. I cannot imagine her…"
"It comes across the same as when I come across secular Jews. Being Jewish can be either religious or cultural.
I'd like to hear more from the guy too but right now I'd give him a pass. I imagine it was an off the cuff response. It probably…"
"To me that sounds like someone who isn't fully ready to give up a previous life. I went through that a little when I first dropped my beliefs. I struggled with calling myself an atheist for a long time, because all my life when the word came up…"
"The problem with that is that the person who said it, at least in my view, isn't sitting on a knife edge. At least I'd hope not. I didn't really want to say who she was, because the issue isn't specifically about her, but the…"
Atheist from the west coast (originally from Texas.)
I was raised in a deeply Pentecostal Christian home. We attended Church every Sunday, Sunday night, and Wednesday. Believing in God wasn't optional for the majority of my life, and it wasn't until I was in my twenties that I actually even entertained the idea that there was no God. It was a difficult deconversion, my parents were pretty upset. My girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time, was pretty unhappy as well. While we had both said we were Christians when we met, neither of us were practicing. I told her thinking it wouldn't matter, but shortly after it became something we fought about a lot, and she began insisting we attend Church.
The last year of my life has been one of growth. My girlfriend has accepted my non-belief, and even begun to make that transition herself as she began to really read the Bible closely. My father, while still at times struggling with my atheism, has also become much more accepting. My son, who turned three last September, is amazing, and fills up a huge amount of my time. Life is, for the first time in a long time, really good.
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