People rightly question the term “Atheism” as being sadly negative — defining oneself as being NOT-something. In my post “Atheism: An Epiphenomenon“, I illustrate one approach to this issue. Today I noticed one of the past posts at Luke’s at Common Sense Atheism where he calls himself an “Enchanted Naturalist“, taking a positive approach to labeling ourselves. I love that phrase. Luke’s essay is worth the read !
But before you go, I just wanted to give some fun linguist enrichment: “Enchanted” comes from Old French, “enchanter” which is from Latin “incantare” which is composed of “in” + “cantare” (to sing). The Latin word “incantare” meant “to sing at” and had connotations of chanting or muttering magic formulas — to cast a spell, to bewitch !
So, when you read Luke wonderful essay, you will see how the brain sings at us and bewitches us. And btw, may I suggest that you play the music Luke suggests while reading his post — it helps !
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