I am an Australian Aborigine. I think if athiest means non-Christian or non any organized religion, then fine. Go for it. But please don’t denigrate God if you do not understand what spirituality is. The scientists, who have been pushing the philosophy of the power of individual logic and reason, got it wrong too. At least, it’s not the complete picture. Still, I enjoy your thinking and support your mission because of the terrible things that have been done in the name of God.
An atheist doesn’t believe in deities of any sort — whether part of an organized religion or not. In any case, as an atheist I don’t set out to denigrate God or spirituality. Rather, I’m just not convinced that God exists. Atheism is a statement about my beliefs, not an attack on yours.
Thanks for writing.