I’m Not an Atheist
Nor am I
Church of Christ
(Insert other Christian denominations here)
I'm probably Agnostic, which I've been informed is the most cowardly and faithless of all belief systems, but I conform to nothing and refuse a label because I don't really care. I hate the very limiting term "belief system."
In turn, I suppose none of the above matters.
In my observation, to be atheist simply means to believe only what can be proven factually and scientifically or otherwise obviously.
I have total respect for that.
It doesn't mean putting faith in theories, as some would misunderstand and use to call flaw to the atheist "non-existent belief" belief system. It simply means understanding what has been proven, which also means understanding that even these things can (and inevitably will) change.
It means a surgeon is given thanks for his twelve-plus years of medical school when he saves your life.
It means exploration into the unknown and (theoretically) infinite universe.
It means questioning everything on the table that is deserving of interrogation.
It means half of the reason (probably more) that human beings in first world countries have the life expectancy that they have today.
It means that thunder is a result of lightening and not a result of an angry dude throwing bolts down from the sky.
It means, before we damn and shake fingers in the faces of all atheists, we may want to thank our lucky stars they exist or we might still be chanting prayers and bleeding ourselves out of fever instead of taking antibiotics.
It means not using an uppercase A when spelling the word "atheist."
And I have total respect for that.