What Am I?


As much as I dislike labels I think it is important to know how to define one’s self.  I hear a lot of new terms and labels in this non-theistic life I am now living and wanted to sum up a few of the popular ones.
Just as Christians have Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Protestants, Lutherans, the non-theists have
Secular Humanists, Atheists, Agnostics, Buddhists,  FreeThinkers, Brights.  All different in their beliefs but also more than one can be applicable to a single human being.
I often refer to myself as an agnostic sometimes atheist and frequently find that describing my beliefs is a dance between labels.  This is a journey so I’m constantly challenging my views and ideas therefore requiring change of my label(s).
Most often I find that I’m of the belief that If god exists I don’t believe him to be an involved deity sitting up in heaven answering our prayers and watching over us as his loved creation while justly damning millions to hell.  If god exists I don’t believe he’s wrapped up in a pretty little religion box exclusive to 2-3% of the world’s population.  If god exists I believe there must be many paths to him.  I don’t believe in an almighty creator god that dictates the laws of human ethics and morals.  So ultimately I find that I mostly don’t believe in any deity and If  that deity happens to exist afterall I don’t think it matters.  So my question is how does one define me?
I guess I am an apathetic agnostic, apatheist, often times atheist, rationalist, secular humanist who is also freethinking.  
Yikes, that didn’t help at all!

My definitions are taken from www.religioustolerance.org

Agnosticism:is not a religion or complete ethical system. It is simply a belief that we cannot prove either the existence or the non-existence of deity; (i.e. of one or more gods, one or more goddesses, or combinations of the above). Many Agnostics, sometimes called “Strong Agnostics” or “Positive Agnostics” believe that we can never know about the existence of a deity. Others, often referred to as “Weak Agnostics”  suggest that we cannot know anything about deity or deities at this time using the currently available evidence, but that this could conceivably change in the future.

Apathetic Agnosticism (a.k.a. Pragmatic Agnosticism)  is a form of Agnosticism where the individual believes that there is no proof for or against the existence of a deity, and, in addition,  that the question is not particularly meaningful.

The term is a portmanteau — a combination of two words 1 — either “apathy” and “Theism” or “apathy and “Atheism.” An Apatheist is a person who regards the existence of a God or supreme being as a relatively meaningless and irrelevant question.

Atheism: is also not a religion or a complete ethical system. It has two main definitions:

The lack of a belief that deity, in the form of one or more supernatural gods or goddesses, exists. American Atheists define an Atheist to be a person who “…does not believe in a god or gods, or other supernatural entities.” 2
The Barnes & Noble Encyclopedia define Atheism as “The denial of the existence of God or gods.” This is sometimes called strong Atheism.

Freethinking: This originally referred to persons who doubted the Trinity — the concept that a Godhead existed — a single entity composed of three persons: a Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Freethinkers supported the concept of a single indivisible deity. The term has since changed its meaning to include persons who reject religious beliefs in general.

Humanism:is a philosophy which in most cases embraces Agnosticism or Atheistic belief about the non-existence of a deity. But it goes further to create moral and ethical systems based upon reason and logic. It regards humanity as the measure of all things. Humanists emphasize a belief in the importance of doing good in society.

Rationalism: This was a movement in the 18th century Protestantism that abandoned the idea of Biblical inerrancy and adopted the belief that the Bible can be analyzed as a historical document. Some Rationalists assert that the existence of some form of deity can be proven by reason. Others see Rationalism and Atheism as synonyms.


About ThinkingWithVitality

Wife, Mama, Certified Wellness Life Coach, Certified Vet Tech, adoption and special needs advocate, adventure seeker, wannabe vegetarian, freethinker, knowledge hunter, secular humanist. Love writing, distance running, cycling, hiking, photography, nature, essential oils, natural medicine, traveling, RVs and tents, reading, adventures, organizing, authentic living, good beer, acoustic music and happy to have landed in Costa Rica for this moment in time.

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