Sunday, November 28, 2010

Converted or Liberated?

I've seen the phrase "converted to atheism" in more than one atheist web site ... I prefer the phrase "liberated from theology". If I was a theist previously, and now I'm not, I am currently "without theism". Being without theism does not entail the acceptance of a substituting belief system that has the narratives, traditions, superstitions, rituals that are somehow on a par with the theism that one has just discarded. Atheism does not have those things. "Conversion" in this sense is a misnomer. You've just liberated yourself from magical thinking and have reacquainted yourself with reason. The rest is up to the individual - it's part of the journey.

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