A Few Suggestions
For Those Who
Need a Symbol
Attempting to sum-up atheism in an icon, especially one that would be universally and immediately recognized, is an exercise in futility (in my opinion). This is because atheism itself is a "thing that is not a thing."
On top of that is the subjectivity of those whom we would be trying to influence or impress. For example, several years ago, not realizing that it was Ash Wednesday and that he had just returned from a Roman Catholic Mass, I tactfully pulled a co-worker aside to alert him to the fact that he had a smudge on his forehead.
Those and similar things notwithstanding, many atheists still wish to wear or display a symbol that might spark discussion toward atheism or otherwise identify them as atheists. This being the case, consider these ideas for such a symbol:
One might even consider some combination of these things.
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From: "Positive Atheism Magazine"
Subject: (Finally) Posting Your Letter On PAM
Date: August 29, 2004 10:55
Thanks for your letter!
As Randy pointed out, any symbol that makes sense will work as long as we do the proper work to introduce it to our culture: the symbol needn't be intuitively identifiable as symbolizing atheism (but it sure helps).
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