[FoRK] materialism

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> on Sat Dec 29 09:58:17 PST 2007



I think I've seen alternatives with a similar rationale.  The only 
problem with "materialist"/"materialism" is confusion with 
"materialistic" in an average mind.


Lucas Gonze wrote:
> Lately I have stopped saying that I am an atheist.  Instead I am
> saying that I am a materialist.
> I like this because it rejects all kinds of mysticism, not just the
> mega religions.  This is good because private beliefs in informal
> magic are more common among my peers than active belief in
> Christianity, Judaism, or Islam.
> It's a positive statement of what I believe, as opposed to a void of
> what I don't believe, and it's easy to explain: I believe in the real
> world.  I believe that the world in front of us is really there.  I
> don't believe in anything which contradicts the real world.  I believe
> in things which can be investigated.
> It takes control of the terms of the conversation.  "Atheism" is like
> satanism in that it accepts religion as the baseline.  But satanism
> has no meaning outside of Christianity, while atheism is a rejection
> of all mysticism and is the same thing in any context.  Not-Islamic
> atheism is the same thing as not-Judaic atheism.
> Sorry to continue the endless conversation on religion and atheism,
> which I think most people here want to leave behind.  I didn't
> participate much at the time, and this is the result of thinking about
> it for a while.
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