And I live my life accordingly
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Michael Shermer wrote on his Facebook page yesterday:
Am I an atheist? p.176 of The Believing Brain: "I assume that there is no God and I live my life accordingly, which makes me an atheist."
If that's what being an atheist is for Mr. Shermer, who am I to argue with him? Though others, of course, are free to do so. (That's why there's a discussion section.)
Instead, I will rewrite his selected quotation from his book* to reflect my own position.
I consider that it is irrelevant whether there is a God or not and I live my life accordingly. That makes me an apathetic agnostic.
I like that formulation a lot better.
* The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths by Michael Shermer, Henry Holt 2011