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← Response to My Fellow 'Atheists'

piousunbeliever's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by piousunbeliever

It would be a good thing to loose the label "atheist". One problem is that this name is given equal footing with all other religions. As in, there are christians, muslims, buddhists, hindus, etc.... Use of this specific label reduces our carefully thought out position on reality to the same standing as the randomly selected a priori claims of various faiths.

I also think our use of Atheism limits our ability to understand the subjective experience of the human. We only argue against the legitamacy of faith based claims without relizing that through these faulty calims people are learning about themselves. By not addressing our subjectivity, I think many people come off with the impression that we are missing a portion of the human experience.

The orthodox Western spirituality is atrocious, but it can not be replaced with nothing. The agnostic buddhism proposed by Sam Harris and Stephen Batchelor is the best way to approach our human subjectivity. Our subjective experience must be addressed, by the atheist does not have the ability to address it.

Mon, 08 Oct 2007 12:27:00 UTC | #73456