I’m not a fan of the term, “atheist”. It is not the word, itself, as much as the connotation. It has become a bad word that describes a bad person. It suggests the absence of something vital and necessary. To a devout Christian, an atheist is practically subhuman. At the very least, such a person is a fool, “for the fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no god.'” I would like to propose a different term, one that does not carry the dehumanizing overtone, but is still accurate. I propose the term, non-theist.
As I no longer have a theistic worldview, I count myself among non-theists. This news will come as a disappointment to many, as I grew up in the church and was a devout, conservative Christian for most of my life. It has been quite a journey. Going from monotheism to non-theism entails much more than the belief in one fewer god. For me, it is the abandonment of faith as a means of understanding and interacting with the world. It is not that I don’t believe in god; it is that I don’t believe in believing.
Moving beyond religion is the next, great challenge of my life. Just as religion has defined me up until now, non-religion will play a defining role in how the remainder of my life unfolds. What follows will be a series of essays and general ramblings on the subject that might, someday, become the bones of a book I have been meaning to write. You are more than welcome to come along for the ride.