Can We Please Get A New Solid Definitive Term For Non Belief Besides ATHEIST

This definition, misquoted, misunderstood, misused,  with many variations in different dictionaries, and as many are aware, has no counterpart in language. i.e. There are no aghost.

Almost since theism was given it's name, so to was the atheist. An understood opposite. Used primarily in a derogatory manner.

Yet for many this is not the case. Maybe for some but that's more of a hard view on it. I see it as any other supernatural phenomena. It's a cool story, don't teach it at schools or as fact unless it can be shown as fact.(testable, scientific, empirical...)

Maybe a hard definition agreed on by most dictionaries, a new term defining this thought is needed. Break the stigma of the archaic derogatory term?

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Comment by Grinning Cat on August 16, 2014 at 5:49pm

I'm sure there are quite a few naturist realists, in addition to the "textile" ones! :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 16, 2014 at 3:17pm

Carl, I feel the same way.  Bright is elitist sounding.  Realist is one of the best terms.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:28pm

BTW, Jonathan, I see you are new to Atheist|Nexus.  Welcome!  --Carl

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:27pm

I never liked the term "Bright."  It's very condescending and elitist sounding.  Perhaps the term "realist" would be appropriate.  A person who adheres to a philosophy of realism.   

Comment by Jonathan Tweet on August 15, 2014 at 9:09pm

I read that about half the atheists in the US don't label themselves "atheist" because of the connotations. Meanwhile, I'd like a good word for "doesn't believe in the supernatural." You can be an atheist and believe in karma or immaterial souls. The term "bright" didn't stick, but that's the idea. The terms naturist, naturalist, and naturalistic are all taken, although maybe we could appropriate the term "naturalistic." 

Comment by Bluegrass Skeptic on August 14, 2014 at 9:00pm
I am the same opinion as Pat on this matter. And it is not just the religious conflating the classification. Many atheists are misusing the term as well, rounding up the label as a larger philosophy. While being without belief certainly encourages deeper thought, it is still just a label....
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 14, 2014 at 1:54pm

I'm liking what I'm hearing from you peeps.

Comment by Michael Penn on August 14, 2014 at 12:56pm

Any new definition would take a long time to catch on. Even then theists would claim we were nothing but atheists and have another meaning for it all just like they do right now. Everything would end up right back where it started.

Excuse me, I am an atheist. Like it or lump it.

Once I have debunked the holy books to come to this conclusion, why would I hold out for some belief where god "might" exist? Why would I still need god so much? What void is it that I have to fill? Why am I not content with not knowing?

We affirm again. I am an atheist. There is no evidence to the contrary.

Comment by Pat on August 14, 2014 at 10:53am

Because someone is either incapable of understanding a given word in the English language, or refuses to attribute the proper definition to it, does not mean I am required to lower my intellect or 'dumb down' to their level.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2014 at 7:05am

Loren, obviously, I couldn't agree more.



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