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.