I am an atheist who happens to stay in the closet about in my real life, and sometimes to be silent about that fact — as I don’t think I have to be blatantly obvious about it — can be helpful. As is, as much as I have my reservations about Western religion…if it wasn’t for people whom I am to consider true Christians, I’d be on the streets or maybe even worse today.
They helped us to keep our apartment when we were lagging because we have been experiencing a lagging income for several months now. We owed for several months’ worth of late fees, one month’s rent, several other fees, and something about owing them for certain utilities.
These same people helped us to pay off a good part of our debts. Most of this was not debt from me personally, rather my significant other. However, legally they are now as much my concern as they are still for him.
I have my opinions and reservations about dogmatic religions, yes, but the love I have for my friends and family — regardless of their beliefs, morals, faith, or ideals — are more valuable to me than any theistic — or atheistic — ideas I myself have come to hold…
Let us try something on this topic this time, shall we?
(5)”And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. (6)But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (7)And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. (8)Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. – Matthew 6.5-8 NASB
Much of the religious talk going on from the presidential candidates has to do with the fact that Iowa, whose caucus was 3 January, and several other Bible-Belt states are a state full of evangelicals (that’s what the media is portraying, I guess). Many of these people are older and grew up in an era when schools, football games, and other major public venues and events had a time set aside for public prayer. Unfortunately, thanks to various lawsuits, people of Generations X and Y (the latter I am from) have grown up in a society that most of these events no longer have…
Hey, my name is Jersey, this is my first entry for d-C.
I have just recently heard of something called the “Bright” movement. Essentially, the term “bright” is, according to the “official” website, someone “who has a naturalistic worldview”, has “a worldview free of supernatural and mystical elements”, and “the ethics and morals [...] are based on a natural worldview.”
I understand why some people who disbelieve in higher deities would want to avoid the term “atheist” as a title: to many, the word connotes an angry, amoral person who will try anything to rid society of religious influence. (Correct me if I am wrong, this is my perception of how theists view the stereotypical atheist.)
However, to me, the term “bright” also brings on an air of self-righteousness, arrogance, and the same determination to prove religion wrong. If you ask me, I think if you are wary of using the word atheist to describe your “religious views”, there are already plenty of common and old-school terms that are still just as popular: non-theist, irreligious, cynic, skeptic, (secular) humanist, secularist, naturalist, or my personal favorite…freethinker…