It’s becoming more and more difficult to be an old-fashioned atheist. In my salad days when I was green in theology, I knew what God was, and I could decide whether I believed in him or not. Now atheists seem to be divided into those who are best described as anti-theists, and those who call themselves nontheists. Then on the Nontheist Quaker website somebody suggested that a better word might be meta-theist. I expect we can now look forward to quasi-theist, neo-theist and crypto-theist.
The theologian Don Cupitt has introduced the concept of non-realism. I think this means ‘I believe in God, but he’s not real.’ It’s all very confusing, really (or non-really).
Mathematically speaking, if you believe that monotheism is better than atheism, wouldn’t polytheism be even better? Or perhaps we could have a compromise in sesquitheism, belief in one-and-a-half gods, or perhaps not?