This bothers me...
I recently had a conversation with a friend, and I discovered he was an atheist. He told me that didn't "believe in god, heaven or hell." I said "me neither, I'm an atheist"
my friend replied with "well, i wouldn't go that far myself"
he added: "when people ask me, i tell them i'm jewish"
to which i explained that "you're either a theist, a belief in god, or an atheist, no god belief, and that's pretty much all there is to it", to no avail
my friend holds a libertarian platform politically as do i, is very open-minded and non-religious. however, his take on religious identity is not new to me. i've heard other freethinkers and atheists claim that when surveyed or questioned, they prefer to take on a religious identity despite their actual views.
disturbingly, our society seems to view "atheist" as having negative connotations. many are afraid of being looked at differently or ridiculed for it. my freethinking mother even told me, "i'd be careful putting evolve fish emblems on your car...people might pop your tires"
this issue is bothering me greatly. why is it that it's okay to be religious yet, even to non-religious people, bad to be atheist?
*Our world is far more complex than the rigid structure we want to assign to it, and we will probably never fully understand it.*
"Those believers who are sophisticated enough to understand the paradox have found exciting ways to bend logic into pretzel shapes in order to defend the indefensible." - Hamby