I don’t like the term Antitheist!

Ok, there I said it.  But it’s probably a good idea to spend some time explaining what I mean.

I am not saying that I have a problem with vocal, in your face activism.  I don’t, in fact I encourage it.


What concerns me here is the careless use of language.  Consider:

Theist: One who believes in a deity.

Atheist: One who is the opposite of a theist, ie, that does not believe in God.

Theism:  The state of belief in God.

Atheism:  The state of disbelief in God.

Given those terms, I think the label ‘Antitheist’ improperly sets us up in opposition to /people/ who believe in God: An untenable position from which to be an effective activist.  I think we should take care how we construct our labels – They are so often so easy to misinterpret, it behooves us to do the best job that we can to avoid confusion, especially when it is so clearly counterproductive.

I have no problem with the idea of being in opposition to dogma, including religious dogma.  But I think that it’s best to keep our general ire into the direction of ideas, and our specific opposition reserved for people who embody the worst of religious privilege and cultural poison.

In any case feel free to discuss, disagree, or try to change my mind.  ;)