The Republic of T.

Black. Gay. Father. Vegetarian. Buddhist. Liberal.

What Kind of Athiest Am I?

I’ve never really called myself an atheist. But I don’t believe in a god; the Christian god or any other. And I don’t believe in a supreme being, an “intelligent designer,” a divine “watchmaker” or anything else. So what does that make me?

According to this test, a “spiritual atheist.”

What kind of atheist are you?
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You scored as Spiritual Atheist

Ah! Some of the coolest people in the world are Spiritual Atheists. Most of them weren’t brought up in an organized religion and have very little baggage. They concentrate on making the world a better place and know that death is just another part of life. What comes after, comes after.

Spiritual Atheist

75%

Scientific Atheist

67%

Apathetic Atheist

67%

Agnostic

50%

Angry Atheist

42%

Militant Atheist

25%

Theist

8%

Well, I was brought up in an organized religion, and as a result I definitely have baggage. Much of which is encapsulated in one of the questions on the quiz: “I was hurt deeply by religious people and have never forgiven them.”

Actually, I’d say I was deeply hurt by religion and have never forgiven it. People tend to use it as a weapon. I suppose I could apply the “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Except my response to that is usually “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people, with guns.” And if you’d been shot a few times, you’d probably steer clear of guns and the people who tend to carry them.

Like I said before, I carry a bit of a grudge.

4 Comments

  1. I’m also a spiritual atheist. I admit I was not raised in an organized religion, except for Buddhism. However, Buddhism was never presented to me as a religion, but more as a guide for life.

  2. Hah! I came in as a “scientific atheist.” Figures….Recovering Baptist here. I really want to see the documentation on any strong statements, period. I make my sky-god-crazy relatives, well, crazier.

  3. I was rated as a “Apathetic Atheist”. Like Catty, I was raised in a Buddhist environment. However, nobody ever really took the religion very seriously (IMO) — it was more about carrying on the traditional rituals than about any religious or spiritual beliefs. Not much religious baggage here, pretty open-minded and willing to see the argument from all points of view — which is probably why my rating as such. I can argue (and have argued) about religion vs science all day, any time any day, but I see the pointlessness of it — because with religion, one is by definition making an an assumption (a leap of faith, if you will) that cannot be proven or disproved. So I rather spend my time talking about/doing something else — I’ll leave them alone as long as they leave me be.

  4. Lucas, my mom’s side of the family are monks, so I’m familiar with all the ritual aspects of Buddhism. My grandfather was pretty serious about the philosophical aspect of it and told me the rituals weren’t neccessary. My cousin now heads the temple and he’s basically only a Buddhist in appearance. He’s a great guy but his personal life is a wreck. As I get older, I enjoy the rituals more than I used to as a child- but I do think having a Buddhist outlook on things has helped me get over quite a lot of things, especially getting over myself. Ha!

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