Posted by: brian | June 7, 2007

Why I don’t like the word at atheist

I’ll tell you why, see. Describing oneself as an atheist is like going around telling people, “Hey, I’m not a pedophile (just so you know).” Or walking into a restaurant and announcing to everyone, “I’m not a meat-eater.” What if you ask me what I do for a living, and I say, “Well, I’ll tell you this much: I’m not a chiropractor”? That doesn’t tell you what you want to know. People don’t define themselves by what they don’t do or believe. If I believe that a rational and natural explanation exists for everything in the universe, whether or not we know that explanation, shouldn’t I consider my belief as the source for any label I might choose to apply to myself?

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