>--J.R. ©¿©¬ wrote:
> The part of the term "atheism" that connotes belief is the suffix, i.e.,
> "ism." If you want to indicate absence of god _and_ belief, then the
> hyphenated frontend affixture "non-" seems appropriate to me because it
> negates both theology and belief.
> Using the tern "non-theist" provides (at least) the opportunity to explain
> yourself further. The word "atheist" pushes the wrong button, eliciting
> anothr automatic robotic reaction.
You know, you have a couple of very good points there. I've been steering
towards "nontheist" lately, but now you've really made me a believer!
Speaking loosely, of course, hehehe...
> Anyway, suit yourself. At least you're not a theist. (Hooray!)
Can't take credit for this as I was born with a serious physical defect - no
religious genes whatsoever (and just about as far back as I can remember).
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