A New Definition of Atheist
It's my considered (but personal) opinion that we need a new definition of "atheist". I present it here for consideration:
An atheist is someone who doesn't believe other people when they tell him or her that gods exist.
Sort of takes the pressure off, doesn't it? I think this is more fair to us, because it's more representative of what's actually happening.
Usually it's framed in terms of belief of a thing in itself, with the question begged right there in the definition: Atheists don't believe in God! How could they? We all know who that is, and church activities have something to do with that, and church activities are good! Ooooh, atheists are a bad bunch.
So help me out: am I so far off, here? I think we're just the people who don't buy it when other people say, "there are gods". It's them we don't believe, not whatever odd imaginary thing they have in mind.
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