I’ve been a quiet non-believer for most of my adult life but have always felt uncomfortable with the term “atheist.” I never liked the idea of representing my beliefs–yes, I know a bad word–with a term that describes what I don’t believe in. The term “atheist” feels nihilistic and negative, and does not describe what I believe in (secular humanism, rationalism, skepticism, reasonalism?, non-supernatural spiritualism). Sam Harris’ speech captures this issue perfectly. It’s long, but worth every minute. I just bought his “Letter to a Christian Nation” and will buy “End of Faith” very soon.
I hope you enjoy the read as much as I did:
See the video at: http://www.samharris.org/site/media_video/