Monday, September 27, 2010
I'm An Atheist ... Kind of
One nice thing about being an atheist is that there are not necessarily any codes or ideas you have to live by. We all agree on at least one thing, sort of, and disagree about many things. Another nice thing about this is if someone comes to debate you on your 'beliefs' they have no footing, especially if they don't know you. I like being able to say, "Uh, no, that's not how I think at all." Or, "I don't believe that."
So I will attempt to classify myself. I partially am doing this to take a break from homework and cause I'm short on time and brain energy, but I hope it's enjoyable all the same.
Atheist - I am an atheist ... most of the time. Well, part of the time. For shock value I'll tell people I'm an atheist, but generally I introduce myself a different way. I need specifics to say I'm atheist to a particular god. If you say your god controls the weather to reprimand the wicked I'm gonna call bullshit and say that I do not believe in a god like that. I'll say that the Mormon god does not exist ... cause it doesn't.
Agnostic Atheist - I call myself this most often. I'm also fortunate to have all the atheists I've asked clarify that they would say they are agnostic atheists when it comes down to it. I'm sure there are plenty of true staunch atheists, but I haven't had any tell me that. I leave room for doubt because I really don't know. Given the way the world is, how religions act, and what people are like in general, I don't think there's any sort of higher power, anyways not one that wouldn't be indistinguishable from super intelligent alien life-forms.
Agnostic - Not so much here, I don't like being wishy washy, but let me go to the next.
Agnostic Deist - There is some appeal here and it is reasonable. If you don't think so do some research into why people are deists. I also like deism cause it is so versatile and open to differing ideas. Also that generally deists recognize that religious gods are full of crap. I for one do not like a lot of things about deism though, but I admit I cannot know if there is some form of a deistic god. I will probably write about deism in the future (among the other dozen or so promised posts I've made).
Anti-Theist - Yes and No. I want a world with no religion, but I'm not sure that will happen, and if it happen soon it would probably not be a good thing. However I think religion helps people to do immoral things, and crazy people to do even crazier things. I recognize good that comes from religions though, I happen think Mormonism is 'okay,' but in the end I'd rather the world was not enveloped in lies.
Secularist - Moving more into cultural and political realms I am all for separation of church and state. I in fact enjoy looking up creationist trials and court rooms extravaganzas just because when it comes down to the pavement creationists just perform so poorly. I also have long held the notion that most values, worth their weight, do not need a god in the equations. Secularism works fine in many countries.
Humanist - Not yet, but someday I expect to count myself as part of the humanist movement. But for now I'm focusing on other things.
Spiritualist - Not really, though I like to look for beauty and awe in life. But do I wander off into the woods to find my inner material soul ... no. Perhaps I'm treating this shallowly. Being an agnostic about deism I am at least partially a spiritualist, and spiritualist ideas and philosophies are very appealing in a kind of sci-fi way. Eastern thought interests me.
Materialist - Yes, but I don't think there's a bottom-most turtle. I also don't think there's a beginning and an end to 'time' or the universe or cosmos.
Skeptic - Yes, but I am still very close to my family cynicism and history. I grew up gullible till about 13 or so, and now I doubt things automatically. It's good and bad, but it helps me to look into things.
Free-Thinker - I think I identify with this the most, as to why it's last. I like the idea of a religious-less society that is not communistic or dogmatic, but allows free inquiry, criticism, and an openness to ideas. Obviously there are limits (Pandas and People) to how open we should be, but I think a society built on progression and criticism would be good.
I could easily write a whole post on any one of these areas, but I hope this was a fun little read. Sorry spiritualists if I seem offensive, but you're just gonna have to deal with that.