Sigh, the conversation is derailed by a denier.
Anyhow citizen… back to your original post.
Perhaps a better phrase you are looking for is secular humanism?
I think it’s a term that covers a broad range of beliefs/perspectives and better characterises what many of our concerns are:
- enlightenment vales of reason and rationality
- a secular viewpoint in which we can live happily without god/s
- trust in the scientific method to tell us facts about the universe around us
- a concern for the rights of the individual around the globe… that ethnicity, sex, religion, political views are not the cause of persecution
- that religion is a private matter, and should not intrude into the public space
Saying it is the “only answer” might be divisive… perhaps saying it is the most *reasonable* answer you can arrive at if you are true to following the sceptical method.
More often than not becoming a secular humanist means examining our own personal beliefs and views… it took me years to discover that secular humanism best described my world view. After flirting with religion in my late teens and early 20’s I finally let myself acknowledge my own non-belief. The same with discoering the amazing world of science. Journey, discovery and wonder… these are the positives we should highlight and praise.
We don’t sinmply deny god/s because we are grumpy contrarians, we thrill in disvovering the universe around us. We chose reason over blind faith; we chose discovery over the myopia religion/ideology casts over too many peoplea view of the world. We look at the universe without ideological filters and preconceptions.
Hope that helps somewhat.