Are there any terms for "atheism" or "irreligious" that aren't negative?
January 22, 2008 12:58 PM Subscribe
Are there any terms for "atheism" or "irreligious" that aren't negative? That is, don't mean that someone is "not a believer." It doesn't matter what language the terms are in or if they're archaic or coinages that never took root.
posted by Kattullus to Writing & Language (46 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I don't mean that "atheism" or "irreligious" are derogatory but that they are definitions away from something.
The closest terms I've come up with are "skeptic" and "free-thinker" but that seems to me to apply more to agnostics than atheists or, at the least, to both groups but not atheists exclusively.