John Shook Enters the Fray on Defining “Atheism”

As I read him, John Shook’s approach can be summed up in three, related propositions.

1. One can be an atheist without believing that atheism is true.

2. Following the OED, an atheist is “One who denies or disbelieves the existence of a god.”

3. Atheism is the belief that “Believing that no god exists is reasonable, for any person.” Or, put negatively, “No one is reasonable for thinking that a god exists.”

I, for one, have lost interest in debating the semantics of “atheism” and “atheist” (as explained here), but if that sort of thing is your cup of tea, then check out John’s article and have fun debating in his combox.