- Atheists are pretty strident about how much they dislike religion. And they have a pretty narrow definition of what religion is (usually, "belief in the supernatural"). I find religion fascinating and frequently inspiring (that is the liberal and mystical varieties of religion)
- I consider myself a spiritual person - in other words, I get feelings of peace and joy from feeling connected to nature and other people, and I get those feelings in places where people have practised religion (possibly because of the beautiful architecture)
- I like doing spiritual practices in the company of other people with similar values. That's what I call religion
- There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your philosophy, atheists
- I am open-minded as well as sceptical
- I am not a reductionist, and certainly not a logical positivist
- I like Paul Tillich's definition of God as the Ground of All Being
- I pray (into the Void, the Silence, the darkness, the Tao) and meditate, and find this to be a helpful spiritual practice
- I love stories and symbolism and mythology and Jungian archetypes
- I think fundamentalist atheists are just as bad as religious fundamentalists
- The main difference between me and a liberal theist is that they think God is a person and I don't. Otherwise our conclusions about the world are pretty similar.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I'm a non-theist
... or, why I don't call myself an atheist even though I am one.