Sin God is a blog dedicated to covering atheism, theism, secularism, and humanism in Latin America and in Latin American communities outside of Latin America. It is authored by Luciano Joshua Gonzalez-Vega an atheist and secular humanist living in the United States who was raised in both Latin America and the United States. To find out more information about Luciano check out his website.
Keep in mind this is how these terms will be used in the context of this blog. This isn’t necessarily the philosophical or historical definition of the words just how they’re going to be used in this blog unless explicitly stated otherwise. This list is also liable to change and it will grow over time. Words featured here aren’t going to be used in every post but could very well be major words that help readers understand posts and this list will hopefully contribute to the quality of the conversations that occur in the comment sections of the posts on this blog. The Spanish language translations of these key terms came from Spanish Dictionary. It’s possible that other translations of the key terms might be applicable or that the translations listed below might be incorrect. If that’s the case let Luciano know and he’ll add translations to this list or correct the translations of the terms that were incorrectly translation. If this is needed send him an email at Lucianothewriter@gmail.com and he’ll respond in less than 24 hours.
Atheism: Lack of belief in a god or gods. An atheist is someone who lacks belief in a god or gods. Can be gnostic or agnostic. The words in Spanish for this are ateísmo and ateo.
Theism: Belief in God or gods. This word and the word theist do not indicate how people feel about the gods. They do not imply worship or devotion, merely that someone believes that a god or gods exist. Can be gnostic or agnostic. The words in Spanish for this are teísmo and teísta.
Agnosticism: The position that it is either unknown or unknowable if a deity or deities exist. Agnostics as it is understood on this blog are people who acknowledge a lack of certainty when it comes to the claim that a god or gods exist. Agnostics can be agnostic while also being atheistic or theistic. The words in Spanish for this are agnosticismo and agnósticos
Gnostic: Someone who claims to know, have knowledge indicating that, or at the most vague that it is knowable whether or not a god or gods exist. Many but not all believers are this kind of believer not agnostic believers. This is not Gnosticism which is why it’s ending is different than the endings of the other words. Gnosticism is something else and it’s not a going to be a key or recurring term. The word in Spanish for this is gnóstico.
Secularism: Though there are different forms of secularism the one that’s going to be implied whenever someone stumbles across the key term “secularism” or any variation like “secular” is the political one unless explicitly stated otherwise. The political form of secularism refers to the basic objective of keeping civic or political life separate from religious life and undue influence as well as the specific policies that help make that a reality. The words in Spanish here are laicismo and secularismo.
Humanism: There are different definitions of humanism that Sin God might use. In places where this is one of the relevant key terms, Luciano will indicate which definition he’s using near the top of the article. Definition A: a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good, this is the definition that the Latinx Humanist Alliance and the American Humanist Association use. Definition B: a doctrine, attitude, or way of life centered on human interests or values especially: a philosophy that usually rejects supernaturalism and stresses an individual’s dignity and worth and capacity for self-realization through reason. This is one of the definitions offered by the Merriam Webster dictionary. And it’s possible for someone to be a believer and a humanist even though there is a common implication that humanists are nonbelievers. The words in Spanish for this are humanismo and humanista.
The purpose of these key terms is to let people better understand what Luciano means when he uses these words and also to give everyone in the conversation a common place from which comments and opinions can spring from.
Sin God biography and purpose:
Sin God was published in April of 2015. It came about after a Puerto Rican atheist named Luciano Joshua Gonzalez-Vega emailed Patheos letting them know he wanted to write for them. At the time Luciano was an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro studying history and anthropology and was also writing for FreeThought Blogs as The Hispanic Atheist. Sin God was born to bridge the parts of Latin America that are Spanish speaking and the English speaking world particularly nonbelievers interested in Latin American perceptions of disbelief and skepticism. Its intention was to become a resource for various theologians, historians, journalists, and more who wanted to gain a better understanding of not just the theological demographics of Latin America but also to understand what Latin Americans thought, and think about irreligion, humanism, atheism, agnosticism, and skepticism. Over the course of the following years as Luciano grew as a writer and professional it lost that focus and became a generic blog that discussed various things. Starting in late October of 2018 it’s determined to narrow in on that lost focus and become a source of thoughtful commentary and friendly conversation.
Sin God is a platform that aims to inform readers as to Latin American commentary and opinions about matters to related to faith and skepticism. It will contain translations and contextualizations of Spanish language news articles and opinions pieces from throughout the Spanish speaking world, while also thoughtfully exploring and hopefully accurately understanding issues related to religion, skepticism, and the politics that intersect these things. There’ll also be explorations of topics related to religion and beliefs that are directly religious in nature.
Connecting with Luciano:
Luciano is active on social media. He’s loves hearing opinions and connecting with readers. If you want to connect with him check out his two Facebook pages and follow him on Twitter! He also makes videos on YouTube and frequently joins friends and fellow writers on podcasts, radio shows, and live streams. His videos are in both English and Spanish. He’s also run a bilingual podcast with Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera of Beyond Church & State.
I want Sin God to become the resource for nonbelievers who don't know Spanish to be introduced to Latin American & Spanish language perceptions of #atheism, #humanism, skepticism, and irreligion. I am excited to enter my blog into its next stage and I hope my readers are as well.
— Luciano Gonzalez (@Lucianowrites) October 24, 2018
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