To Embrace Atheism or Not?

I think there are so many positive things that come from accepting atheism or agnosticism. Intellectual honesty is a huge one. Finally you can simply say, “I don’t know, and you don’t know either”. And that’s honesty.

Although I find myself still talking to god and doubting if I’m an atheist just like angrymormonliberal said here. I’ve had a lot of little nice spiritual experiences that could pretty easily be explained by science but one spiritual experience was very profound for me. It was too big for me to ever dismiss just like that. It may keep me in agnosticism indefinitely but I keep thinking to myself, what about 99.9999% of the people in this world that didn’t have that strong experience like I did. How are they supposed to believe? And I don’t want to have special rights over my brothers and sisters in this world. I don’t believe god would work that way.

Another great thing about embracing doubt and uncertainty is the relief from Cognitive Dissonance that anyone religious must go through on a day-to-day basis. Leaving organized religion and embracing science gives you a great feeling of relief and elation. I can’t tell you how wonderful (for me) it is to be able to learn about human evolution and simply accept it wholly and also to be able to accept what that means to me in the big picture. I don’t have to be anti-science anymore, I don’t have to accept the evil selfish homophobic killer of a god of the bible.

I still have a space in my heart for a loving, extra-biblical god, though. but he hasn’t been answering my prayers lately. But I’ll hang on to that experience that I had until I die. That mystical experience you were looking for? I had it. seriously, big time. but what does that mean if the vast majority of people don’t experience one? Who knows, it’s probably just psychological or biological. think about it: even if you do have some kind of experience tonight or tomorrow you still gotta admit it could be a chemical imbalance or hypnagogic or hypnopompic hallucinations or many other explanations. It’s time to embrace uncertainty and take advantage of this life that we have right now with the loved ones we have.

It’s time to take a dip in the “clear-thinking oasis” of reason and rationality.

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~ by Anubys on April 17, 2007.

4 Responses to “To Embrace Atheism or Not?”

  1. I wish you had shared what your one big spiritual experience was, but I can also understand keeping it to yourself too.

  2. I can’t embrace a religion. It offers me nothing in return.

  3. Sister: I’m writing a post on my experience now, so thanks for the inspiration. JOOM: I can’t embrace a religion either for so many reasons it boggles my mind.

  4. I call myself atheist because i dont see it as a religion, more a void of religion. Intellectual honesty

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