Nonbelievers Who Aren’t Atheists?

“If you don’t believe in any gods, you are an atheist, right? This definition seems pretty basic, not the kind of material that requires an advanced degree in theology to understand.

But apparently it isn’t accurate. In fact, as I circulate in the secular movement on a daily basis, I frequently meet nonbelievers who are unwilling to identify as atheists.”

-from Nonbelievers Who Aren’t Atheists?

I personally wear the “atheist” label proudly, and although I also consider myself a skeptic and a humanist, I feel that atheist is my primary identifier. Many people, even many nonbelievers, find this idea distasteful. In this brief article, Dave Niose, president of the American Humanist Association, argues for wider use of the atheist identifier, and greater honesty from those who shun it. What do you think?

(Written by Cate)