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Author Topic: Is this atheism?  (Read 5478 times)
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« Reply #15: January 31, 2009, 02:02:00 pm »

To be without religion, indifferent to religion or hostile to religion is to be irreligious. To believe in deity is to be theistic. Seems like the most likely term would be irreligious theism, but the attitude smacks strongly of Deism. I suppose that technically the 'irreligious' could be comfortably prepended to any more precise descriptor of the persons actual beliefs vis a vis the status of deity (possible/impossible, knowable/unknowable, extant/potent). A search for irreligious theism on google brings up a range of articles that seem to use the term to cover the situation that you are describing.

Yeah, I like that.  Deism is, the way I always understood it, a specific philosophical position, or rather a cluster of specific positions; there are various iterations of it floating around, but all of them have commentary on the nature and purpose of the Divine beyond "it exists":  specifically, Deists believe that god/s created the world and then *retreated*, allowing it to run on its own.  That's a *key* element of Deism, in both monotheistic (Age of Enlightenment) and polytheistic (some African Diaspora religions) forms.  The OP described someone who believes in gods, but chooses not to interact with them; that is different from Deism, which states that the god/s are IMPOSSIBLE to interact with.  
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« Reply #16: January 31, 2009, 04:05:45 pm »

 The OP described someone who believes in gods, but chooses not to interact with them; that is different from Deism, which states that the god/s are IMPOSSIBLE to interact with.  

Thanks to everyone who answered. I think Catja and BGMarc are the ones who better got what I meant. I have made a google search about Deism, and I found it isn't as close to the situation I described. I was talking about a person who believes other people can (and do) interact with god/s, but chooses not to do it him/herself (or just doesn't feel "called" to any religion or god/s). I think "irreligious theism" is the closest term, but I'll keep on reading about all this.
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« Reply #17: January 31, 2009, 04:08:31 pm »

Err . . . atheism refers toa disbelief in God or gods, that is.  Hopefully that was understood, but I can see how it would be confusing.

Yes, I got it. Smiley I got confused because I thought about atheism as "lack of god/s", instead of "disbelief in god/s".
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« Reply #18: January 31, 2009, 06:48:57 pm »

So what would you call them?

Belief system/philosophy/lifestyle/spirituality (maybe?)
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