I heard this today and liked it. Credit to Phil Ferguson, on the Atheist Experience. "There is no Atheism."
I am an atheist. That tells you nothing at all about my morality, my belief system, my political leanings, or anything else. Atheist: A person who does not believe in God or gods. That's all you can know about me when I say I am an Atheist.
There is no Atheism: ISM: a suffix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it was used to form action nouns from verbs (baptism); on this model, used as a productive suffix in the formation of nouns denoting action or practice, state or condition, principles, doctrines, a usage or characteristic, devotion or adherence, etc. (criticism; barbarism; Darwinism; despotism; plagiarism; realism; witticism; intellectualism).
What do you think? Are we an ISM. I engage in skepticism, rationalism, and most certainly Hedonism. But can I do "Atheism" Is not believing in a God or gods an ISM?
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