The whole idea of having a word for the disbelief of a god is silly. We don't have a name for people who don't believe in the easter bunny or Santa Clause, except adult
. Why on earth should there be a special name for for people who know that gods do not exist?
The whole idea of belief, in itself, as regards religious deities, is absurd. People used to believe in a lot of silly things which are not true.
A quote from Douglas Adams i quite like:
"The fact that we live in at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away, and think this to be normal, is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be, but we have done various things over intellectual history to slowly correct our misapprehensions."
Thank you Rick, i now need not type those words. My personal thoughts go a bit beyond that, though. I know gods do not exist. I am not an atheist. I don't "not believe" 'God' exists. There simply ain't one. Or many. Or Her or Him or Them. My "beliefs" don't enter into it. I don't have to weigh options or review data. There is no evidence nor record of same: end of story. If that puts me in that camp, fine, i'm not arguing semantics all my life.
I guess if i had to choose my classification, it would be as a 'Non-Dietical Imaginer'.
Just as an 'Anarchist' believes no government should exist, nor does any formed body represent or have power over an individual, I know that gods and the history of religions are a farce.
Religion has books written by people and word of mouth. Everything else is History, capital H.
When did "mind your own business" become unacceptable as an answer to "what is your religion"?
When the answer, "I don't have one and don't give a flying fuck." lost applause at the polls.
The medium is the message.