Well, only if you are an atheist/agnostic. Although maybe if you aren’t you may be mildly interested in this fascinating categorisation of non-believers.
Are you an intellectual atheist? An activist? Or just plain apathetic?
These and more categories come from an interesting paper led by Christopher Silver, at The University of Tennessee.
If you don’t read the full link, here is the roughseas summary:
Like arguing the whole shebang about did this or did this not happen, quote documentary evidence, academic studies, archaeological evidence and love pointing out inconsistencies in religious works.
Busy bees who see the impact of religion on real life and try to lessen it’s impact thereon. They are busy on other ‘ism’ causes, eg feminism, humanism, LGBT issues, animal rights, environmentalism. Religion isn’t for them but these socio-political issues are.
These people live with uncertainty about life, the universe and religion, and they are happy with it. Open to ideas, evidence, and opinion, in their recognition that nothing is certain.
This is a black and white world. They consider religious views to be flawed, outdated, and detrimental. Anti-theists challenge religion, seeking to educate and change views, either at a personal level or more widely.
Hey, who cares about religion? It doesn’t exist, and it’s no part of my life. Described as apathetic and disinterested non-believers.
Well we don’t believe but we like ceremony and tradition so we might go along with some of that because it’s comforting, interesting and nice. Or something like that.
So, where do you fit on the continuum? And, the good news is, you can tick more than one box. So here is a merry little poll. Most people I know seem to be a mix of intellectual and anti-theists. Bonus points for guessing what roughseas might be.
To end with … nothing to do with religion or lack of
Can anyone explain what this sentence means? Do we go into the garage on hands and knees in the dark? Or do you use plastic bags for hands and feet?
Most puzzled. Taken from a British newspaper.
If you have a garage store things in plastic bags if you use them with your hands and feet and cannot see inside.