I love it—this is the great new name from one of Jerry Coyne’s readers for referring to:
those atheists who are nonetheless soft on faith (i.e., atheist accommodationists).
the kind of people, like Michael Ruse, who say, “I am an atheist, but . . .”. In other words, the folks who, says Daniel Dennett, have “belief in belief.”
The word was coined as part of a contest, here were the runners up:
Godlycoddlers (by Kitty’sBitch), also winner of the Most Mellifluous Entry
Placatheists (by Todd Shackleford)
Credophiles (by Thanny). Winner of the Most Perjorative Entry Prize
Muzzle-ems (Sigmund) Winner of the Especially Cute Award
Faitheists–it’s a great word, go use it.