Against Religion Itself
Or Just Fundamentalism?
[Cliff had said:]
My main message is not anti-religion, but anti-fundamentalism.
Then perhaps you are in popular parlance an "afundamentalist" given that most theists who write to you seem to believe that the 'a' in atheist stands for 'anti'.
For the time being I remain an atheist in both senses, without religion and anti-religion. Retaining a philosophy and model of behavior whose foundation cannot be demonstrated to be truthful is how I define evil.
How are those core values holding up?
From: "Positive Atheism" <email@example.com>
To: "Carey Sherrill"
Subject: Re: Did I say One More?
Date: September 18, 2001 6:31 PM
The "a" in atheism stands for "without," thus a-theism means "without theism." This sounds awkward because of repeated use of the other meaning, but compare this with other uses of the prefix "a-."
I am not for trying to abolish religion. It certainly is not for me, to be sure; but I fully accept that others want it and need it and think it's both true and right. I also notice that most expressions of religion are not dangerous either for the practitioners or others (just as most alcohol use and illegal drug use is not dangerous; that is, most inebriation harms neither the users nor those around them).
So, if you asked whether I am anti-religion or anti-fundamentalism, given the choice I would say I am anti-fundamentalism: I think fundamentalism is a legitimate target of my activism and would be a legitimate target of my "outreach" (if I were doing "outreach" work). Religion itself would not be a legitimate target of either.
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