While I was chatting with with a Christian friend, she asked me that what religion I”m. I basically told her that I do not have any religion, and I’m free thinker. Here you go the conversation between us:
Friend X: You’re then Atheist.
Me: Not exactly. I”m a free thinker.
Friend X: Do you believe in God?
Me: Yes, I do. I think the answer is no based on your definition of God.
Friend X: Huh?
Me: Hmm… I think you can just say I don’t believe in God then.
Friend X: I see. So you’re an Atheist.
Me: Am I? Not exactly. I think I’m still a free thinker. :)
By definition, Atheist is someone who does NOT believe in God. Okay, this sounds pretty clear. But let’s look at the definition of free thinker which I found in dictionary (source: wordweb) which stated free thinker is:
- A person who believes that God created the universe and then abandoned it.
- Someone who does not hold many accepted opinions or beliefs.
In others words, a free thinker can choose whatever they want to believe and they aware of the choice they made. The “Complete Freedom to Choose” is the key here. So, is free thinker an Atheist? There answer is “No”. Is Atheist a free thinker? The answer is “Perhaps Yes” !!!!
Why I said “Perhaps Yes”?
If you’re an Atheist and you do not have the complete freedom to choose, you’re NOT an free thinker. However, if you fully aware that you choose to be Atheist, then you can consider yourself as free thinker. This may sounds confusing but let me ask you another question. If you’re an Atheist, would you believe in God if I can prove HIS existence to you? If your answer is YES, you’re a free thinker. If your answer is NO, you’re not a free thinker. You’re an Atheist. I hope this clears up everything.
Similarly if you’re Christian or Muslim, you could be a free thinker too if you believe you still have choice to choose whatever you want to believe. I know this is a little bit sensitive here but this is my opinion on free thinker. So now back to this question of: "Is Free Thinker an Atheist?"