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View Poll Results: Which kind of atheist are you (see first post for definitions)
Intellectual Atheist/Agnostic. 1 14.29%
Activist. 2 28.57%
Seeker-Agnostic. 1 14.29%
Anti-Theist. 1 14.29%
Non-Theist. 1 14.29%
Ritual Atheist/Agnostic. 1 14.29%
Voters: 7. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-12-2013, 06:18 PM
 
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Researchers at the University of Tennessee performed a study of non-believers and based upon that research established six basic types of atheist.

1. Intellectual Atheist/Agnostic. This group enjoys intellectual discourse, and while they’re often very certain about their beliefs, they’re not belligerent about it. These types often get mistaken for dogmatic atheists, however, because they have a tendency to join skeptic’s groups or otherwise find avenues to discuss non-belief with others. However, as researchers note, these non-believers “associate with fellow intellectuals regardless of the other’s ontological position,” so long as their friends “versed and educated on various issues of science, philosophy, ‘rational’ theology, and common socio-political religious dialog.” They like debating religion, but aren’t particularly interested in chasing down believers to give them a hard time.

2. Activist. This group also gets commonly accused of being dogmatic, but like the intellectual atheist, while they’re firm in their beliefs, they’re intellectually flexible and don’t prioritize attacking believers. Instead, they are motivated by a strong sense of humanist values to make change in the world, often making related issues—such as feminism, gay rights, or the environment—a priority over simply advocating atheism. This group also advocates for a better, more egalitarian atheist community, according to researchers: “They seek to be both vocal and proactive regarding current issues in the atheist and/or agnostic socio-political sphere.”

3. Seeker-Agnostic. This group, which makes up 7.6 percent of non-believers, are unlikely to be as critical of religion as most other groups. They prioritize not-knowingness. If you ever come across people saying, “I don’t know, but neither do you!” regarding religious belief, you’re dealing with a seeker-agnostic.

4. Anti-Theist. This group tends to get conflated with all atheists by believers, but they only constitute 15 percent of non-believers. Like the Intellectual Atheists, they like to argue about religion, but they are much more aggressive about it and actively seek out religious people in an effort to disabuse them of their beliefs. While most atheists limit themselves to supporting a more secular society, anti-theists tend to view ending religion as the real goal.

5. Non-Theist. They don’t believe in any gods, but don’t think about those who do very often. In such a religious society, simply opting out of caring much about religion one way or another is nearly impossible, which is why this group is only 4.4 percent of non-believers. “A Non-Theist simply does not concern him or herself with religion,”

6. Ritual Atheist/Agnostic. While you might think the anti-theist is the non-believer type that scares Christians the most, it turns out that it may very well be the Ritual Atheist/Agnostic. This group, making up 12.5 percent of atheists, doesn’t really believe in the supernatural, but they do believe in the community aspects of their religious tradition enough to continue participating. We’re not just talking about atheists who happen to have a Christmas tree, but who tend to align themselves with a religious tradition even while professing no belief.

See the original story for more information and definitional details.

6 kinds of atheists and non-believers in America - Salon.com

 
Old 11-12-2013, 06:28 PM
 
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Not sure....which of the above would best contain..."Makes no pretense of knowing the answers while viewing religion with bemused contempt?"
 
Old 11-12-2013, 06:32 PM
 
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Not sure....which of the above would best contain..."Makes no pretense of knowing the answers while viewing religion with bemused contempt?"
Well these classifications are never spot on in every case but I feel fairly confident that you you would feel right at home with the Anti-Theist.

So Just Pick One Damn It!
 
Old 11-12-2013, 06:35 PM
 
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I'm with Grandstander.

Seems kind of pretentious to put people in boxes like that.
 
Old 11-12-2013, 06:40 PM
 
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Sometimes I am one and sometimes I am another. Depends on my mood. It seems most of the descriptions are of bascially the same person but how they vocalize it is a little different. Sometimes I like to bug religious people and sometimes I don't.
 
Old 11-12-2013, 06:49 PM
 
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As an agnostic who prefers the term non-believer, I could go with either #1 or #5 (my vote). Number six seems a bit odd to me with the inclusion of "agnostic".
 
Old 11-12-2013, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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Wait a minute. Didn't this exact same thread run its course in the past 3 or 4 months?
 
Old 11-12-2013, 07:55 PM
 
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Yep.

What kind of Atheist are you? Atheist Study Reveals That Non-Believers Are Just As Varied As People Of Faith
 
Old 11-12-2013, 08:27 PM
 
Location: South Africa
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I am the devil incarnate or incognito. All the 'muricanz expect me to surface in Europe or the ME but I was one step ahead and surfaced in Africa just to mess with their minds. Here I can secretly distribute my ACME acquired guillotines while I wait for the rapture (yes it is real) before we all set out on canoes to 'murica to behead the left behind believers we shall behead if they do not denounce belief in god. mwhahahaha...
 
Old 11-12-2013, 08:45 PM
 
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Well these classifications are never spot on in every case but I feel fairly confident that you you would feel right at home with the Anti-Theist.

So Just Pick One Damn It!
As last time around if I were to categorize myself I'd call myself a Humanist which doesn't fit into any of the above categories.

Genuinely I don't fit into any of those categories.

I'd only call myself an intellectual atheist because it sounds good. I'm certainly not an agnostic.

But then I'm not American either so maybe I don't count.
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