That’s my Q of the D … Question of the Day.
If you identify as an Atheist, are you also Anti–Theist, i.e., anti-religion or against faith in any form?
These self-identifying labels always fascinate me, frequently mystify, and occasionally aggravate.
For reference, I just listened to a provocative “Heart and Soul” podcast (BBC) on “A Believer’s Guide to Atheism.”
As fate-less would have it, Chris Stedman just published this in The Interfaith Observer:
“Advocating for religious believers has often put me at odds with my own community. As an atheist, I regularly encounter anti-religious rhetoric and activism. Speaking out against anti-pluralistic voices in my community hasn’t always been easy. Yet it is precisely because I am an atheist, and not in spite of it, that I am motivated to do interfaith work.
Why? For one, without religious tolerance and pluralism, I wouldn’t be free to call myself an atheist without fear of retribution. Not that long ago, I could not have been a public, vocal atheist at all. But due to relationships with religious allies and increased atheist visibility, the times are changing.”