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I think maybe you better consider your views and what you call yourself some more, because atheists are not usually people who believe in mystical, supernatural entities or powers of any kind.
Many who identify as atheists are simply those who disagree with the standard judeo-christian god. Many are open to the possibility of some sort of higher intelligence, but believe it is most likely beyond our realm of comprehension.
Why call the universe God? Because it has divine properties - if you are not blind and deaf.
Want to air your views on what God is? The question has been put here:
http://literature-g.yolasite.com : you are invited to participate in that somewhat heated debate.
(Click on Philosophy Etc at the top of the home page)
What are those divine properties? How do you define 'divine'?
"and I stand
upon a mountain
made of weak and useless men"
That. Nobody doubts that our universe is incredible and full of mysteries. That is not a prove, however, that it is God or that it was created by God. How do you define "God"? How do you define "divine"?
“May all sentient beings be free of pain and suffering. May all sentient beings experience eternal joy and happiness. gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā.”
Luckily, I am an atheist. Probably about a 6.5 on Dawkin's scale.
I think the fact that the word agnostic exists, helps to perpetuate a misunderstanding or false definition of what the word atheist actually means, which is someone who lacks a belief in god/gods.
If you lack a belief you are an agnostic atheist. If you have faith, you are an agnostic theist. Simply calling yourself agnostic doesn't explain or add anything, where calling yourself a theist or an atheist does.
Trying to be less judgmental about those sorts of things especially because I have always had a thing against both hippies and successful, well-off people turning to Eastern philosophies rather than addressing their negative actions in reality. I suppose I am coming to a spiritual path through activism/veganism/punk rock.
I believe that spirituality comes from personal intuition and experience rather than through religious doctrines.
I feel the same way. Sometimes I really want to believe that there's some kind of universal justice in our world. But it doesn't look like it. Too many innocent living creatures suffer for nothing. Eastern philosophies explain it with reincarnation and Karma, but since we definitely do not remember our past lives, than what's the point? It just doesn't make any sense to me.
Even if the existance of, say, Christian God was somehow proven, I still don't think I could love such God...
From what I understand that's not exactly true of all Eastern philsophies... I think that there's a lot to the 'Life is suffering' thing in Zen, but also very much in the idea of 'right thought/action.' There's no universal justice, but there are some universal ethics (don't kill), and right action is abiding by them, and preventing them where we can. Right thought is not becoming depressed and entrenched in things we cannot change.
We are executioners who parade ourselves as kings / As selfish and deluded as the blood-bathed Bathory. ~Kingdom, 'Bathory' xVx
Cause the struggle goes on even when you're not there
Blind and unaware~
At Agnostics International website http://agnosticsinternational.net/fo....php?f=33&t=52 there is a poll listing at least 6 types of Agnostics although I don't fit close enough for those definitions so I call myself Spiritual Agnostic because it is such a good description of me.
On the Dawkins Scale 1 to 7 it might have me as a '6' if I ignore some of their wording but that is assuming that the God they are referring to is the Christian God only and no others, but if I'm going to consider the possibility of a God I don't what the number of possibilities limited to just one.
I like much but not all of Pantheism, Buddhism, Taoism, Yoga, Enlightenment, Mindfulness, Monism, Dualism, Pluralism, etc.
Atheist. I was forced to go to Catholic school as a kid and after serious doubts had been growing since about 12 years old, when I was 14 I decided to read the whole bible. That did it. I've been an atheist for the 25 years since then. Being that not many people have actually read the whole bible as they just read or know certain "cherry picked" parts, it has been quite interesting when people ask me questions about being an atheist and I talk about things from the bible they are completely unaware of, but yet it's their holy book, not mine.
Don't mean to quote an old post but that is hilarious. I will need to get back to reading my digital Bible copy. Maybe I'll just skip the beginning genealogy part that I keep getting stuck on due to its complete boringness?
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I am a Secular Humanist...
Terms like "Religion" and "Spirituality" have been hijacked too long by people who cower before superstition and dogma.
Robert G. Ingersoll famously wrote "Humanity is religion. Theology is superstition."
I am anti-theist. Not anti-morality or anti-belief. There are many beautiful things to believe in and aspire towards that require absolutely no belief in a god or the supernatural.
i'm an atheist and i consider myself religious.
I am a secular humanist...
Terms like "religion" and "spirituality" have been hijacked too long by people who cower before superstition and dogma.
Robert g. Ingersoll famously wrote "humanity is religion. Theology is superstition."
i am anti-theist. Not anti-morality or anti-belief. There are many beautiful things to believe in and aspire towards that require absolutely no belief in a god or the supernatural.