faitheist

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See also: faithiest

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Blend of faith +‎ atheist

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faitheist (plural faitheists)

  1. (slang, neologism) An atheist who thinks faith should not be criticized.
    • 2009 July 26, Fincke, Daniel, “On The Alleged Intolerance Of The New Atheists Towards “Faitheists””, in Camels With Hammers[1], retrieved 2012-10-24:
      Those are all appeals made either to the assumptions that Dennett shares with the belief-believers (or “faitheists”) or to their own priorities in ways that challenge their essential reasons for believing in belief.
    • 2009 August 19, dofang, “Distortions of the New Atheists prevent substantive debate about their impact (comment)”, in Examiner.com[2], retrieved 2012-10-24:
      I see the "faitheists" as parallels to the quietly closeted gays who cringed at the tactics of Act Up or the sit-in counter veterans who shook their heads at Malcolm X.
    • 2010 June 28, Jones, Mark, “You Really Aren't Helping”, in Good Grief, Linus[3]:
      You're Not Helping is a blog started by a faitheist; that is, an atheist who sees value in faith or, at least, that some respect for their beliefs is in order. Even more particularly, a faitheist thinks that some atheist behaviour (typically labelled 'new atheist') is driving a wedge between 'moderate' theists and the rest of rational society.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:faitheist.

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