I'd venture to guest most people on here will be either Atheist or "Other" since most of us have a higher interest in logic and reason along with political debate then most.
My opinion is that Atheist's are those that have taken science at it's core and if something cannot be proven then it doesn't exist. "Other" are those that held/hold a religious belief but given logic and reason that belief is not stripped to the fundamentals that science is unable to explain (initial creation, possible existence of a soul, etc.).
I personally am "Other" for the reason that I believe all the major religions believe in the same God and the same principals at their core (a creator exists, you should do good in your life, you will be rewarded for doing good). After centuries some have been manipulated by man for political reasons but their core still remains. I believe their might very well be a creator but not in any form that we can envision.
"Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head."
- Warren Buffett
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
I'll give you two guesses, and the second one doesn't count.
Al Stefanelli, founder, United Atheist Front - Since 2005
I was raised by fairly fundamentalist Christian parents.
At the moment, I'm in the "I don't know" section.
So, I voted "atheist/agnostic", as I think agnosticism is closest.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Lutheran. I became Methodist during my first marriage, but I have switched back. My Sunday school indoctrination favors Lutheran.
EDIT: I can't believe that Lutheran isn't listed while Baptist and others are. Martin Luther was the first to split from Catholicism.
Last edited by d0gbreath; 07-14-10 at 12:34 PM.
This thread shows just how confusing the simple word atheist is. It should simply mean "without theism", nothing more , nothing less.
Theism in the broadest sense is the belief that at least one deity exists. Therefore, an atheist is not someone with a belief that there is no god. An atheist is someone who lacks a belief in a god or gods. A subtle but very important difference.
Ignorance is the refuge of faith
It's become very apparent that there is nothing respectable about faith
"If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people"