Discussion by: twiikeri
There's something I've been wondering for a while. Here in Finland the polls show that only half of Finnish people believe in a deity, and half don't. Still, only 21% say they're atheist.
I can understand why the religious find the word atheist negative, but why do the non-religious? Maybe some people think that one must claim to be 100% sure of the non-existence of gods to be atheist. And on a local level, since Finns have lived beside and fought wars against the Russians, the word "atheist" may still sound like "communist" to some. I don't believe in God but I don't consider myself an atheist because …
What sort of explanations have you heard? Any theories on this one?