Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue Nov 24 19:46:58 UTC 2009

Skeptic is another term I considered, but "I'm a skeptic" sounds to me as though I'm skeptical about everything. Also, about "skeptic," my Mac dictionary says,

a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions.
a person who doubts the truth of Christianity and other religions; an atheist or agnostic.

I am not inclined to question or doubt the truth of religions. To me, they seem so outrageously improbable, they aren't worth considering. (They may be interesting to investigate as complexes of thought or orientations of society, etc., but not plausible.)


On Nov 24, 2009, at 5:26 AM, Dave Wilton wrote:

> "Skeptic" is a well-established term for someone who bases conclusions on
> evidence rather than faith, and it does not directly reference deities.
> "Non-theist" is the most common blanket term to cover all the
> atheist-agnostic-humanist spectrum, but it does reference deities.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
> Benjamin Barrett
> Sent: Monday, November 23, 2009 4:31 PM
> Subject: Re: amonokerism
> What is the (existing) term you would propose instead then?
> I have no interest in defining myself in terms of deity beliefs or the
> unknowability of deities.
> BB
> On Nov 23, 2009, at 4:20 PM, Dave Wilton wrote:
>> The last thing the non-theist community needs is yet another term
>> categorizing its beliefs.

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