A universal interfaith symbol, by definition will not include
atheists. They have no faith in a higher being at all.
It all depends what you mean in Faith - your definition seems pretty
narrow. I would say that most atheists have a deep faith in humanity,
in the power of mankind and in nature. Most of them have either made
up their minds that a ‘god’ does not exist (or is it one for each
different faith?) or that, on balance, the scientific evidence points
that way whilst agnostics simply can’t make up their minds at all but
feel it is probably best to hedge their bets. I must say that if I am
to be labelled at all (and this is one of the main concepts that I
reject) I am with the atheists and, if there does eventually turn
out to be a god, providing what I was taught at sunday school about
’him’ being a forgiving god is correct, then I’ll be Ok anyway.
As to a symbol, I would add my vote to a moebius strip, maybe even
bent into an infinity symbol - if only I could envisage how this
would be constructed so as to make it obvious what it was from a
The one question I do have in mind is - why would anyone want to buy
such a symbol? All the existing similar symbols have some type of
fund raising purpose or are displayed as ‘team colours’ such as the
fish symbol which we see on the back of cars (its only recently that
I discovered that this has something to do with christianity and is
not the badge of some type of bad drivers club!), why would we wish
to display a symbol saying that we are just members of humankind?
Ian W. Wright