But what is the name for people who regain a sense of rationality and escape from religion - or those who find a cure for the 'virus of religion'?
In the case of Christianity of course the escape is not sufficiently life-threatening (for most) for the expression 'dead again' to seem politically incorrect. After all, whatever can be born is going to die and so it seems not too inappropriate for the process of the death of faith.
|Born again atheist tee-shirt (from here)|
In Islam of course it is a different matter, and although I do know a few Muslim apostates quite well, I think they tend to stay fairly quiet on the matter when they are with their families and those friends who are still Islamic. Generally they seem quite safe from those who are only 'Islamic' but could find themselves threatened by those who are 'Islamists'.
What other terms might we use?
Many people who no longer believe in the supernatural friend in the sky shy away from the label 'atheist'. Why label yourself as something that you are not?
I would like to collect phrases that people use to describe themselves, whether serious or humorous. I'll start off with a few and hope for comments.
I'm a member of the church of Richard Dawkins.
I'm a born-again atheist.
I'm a recovering Christian.