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Are Atheists Non-Believers?

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We often hear theists label atheists as non-believers.

But is this just another way of saying "you're an outsider because you are not one of us"?

It seems as strange as an alcoholic labelling everybody else as a non-alcoholic. As if I would stand up at a meeting and say "my name is Swolliw and I'm a non-alcoholic", would I be expected also to say "my name is Swolliw and I'm a non-believer"?

Since it is theists who are following a doctrine above and beyond the norm, would it not be more appropriate for atheists (since they are in the neutral position) to be called "conventional" and for theists to be called "non-conventional"?
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  • @Swolliw
    Of course, we are.
    We refuse to believe in the lies of organised religion.
    AlofRI
    “I’d be lying if I said things are going according to my plan… but beggars can’t be choosers, right?” – Madara Uchiha
  • Well, there are a couple of theists on DI that are definitely "non-conventional" and bordering on non-sensical, actually. 

    As far as a non-believer goes, I don't believe, so you can call me anything you want, .... many people DO. ;-)
  • @AlofRI
    As far as a non-believer goes, I don't believe, so you can call me anything you want, .... many people DO. ;-)

    I have suggested before that since atheism is a default position, atheists should be called "normal" therefore theists should be called "abnormal".
    That went down like a lead balloon.
    AlofRI
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