Well, I am sure my opinion will draw ire from a lot of people. This is not the intent.
I personally feel I am in a position with my beliefs that the religious faithful consider me an atheist and the atheist consider me a religious faithful. In my endeavor to understand this I see a big difference in being religious and being spiritual. I see similarities if not the same attributes of spirituality and religions within atheism. This is what leads me to answer the question in the title of this blog post with a resounding YES.
Yes, atheism is not only a belief but a spirituality and to some almost religious. Sacrilege! I can here the towns folk gathering their pitchforks and lighting their torches!
Now you might question the definition of atheist or atheism that I am basing my opinion on. You know, dictionary meaning verses what I have seen in my short life. So here is how I am defining “Atheism”.
Atheism is an absence of belief in a person/creator/god and their holy books claiming they created ALL and those that accept this deities holy book a good afterlife awaits and a bad afterlife for those that don’t. Scientific fact is their proof of what they do believe. Contrary to the religious faithful’s assumption that no belief in god = no morals, atheist seem to have a very HIGH regard for human life.
The interesting thing about my definition of an atheist is that it does not truly fit all atheist because we are all individual and life is subjective. This is one of the attributes that atheism shares with spirituality and religion.
Science I do consider a religion. It’s adherents I would call “materialist fundamentalists” which can be gathered from all types of atheism, spirituality and religions. That term “materialist fundamentalist” comes from author Robert Anton Wilson in “The New Inquisition: Irrational Rationalism and the Citadel of Science”.
I have met some Atheist that say they have no belief, however no belief is still a belief.
Look at blogs and forums where atheist and the faithful post. Many of the post I find share the same obstinate behavior and ridicule towards the religious faithful that the religious faithful dish out upon the atheists. (Did I hear someone say “eye for an eye”. Exodus 21:24, Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21)
Besides the above similarities, which don’t really indicate a spirituality, there was still something else more meaningful that was missing that makes me feel atheism is a spirituality. I could not put my finger on it let alone put it into any kind of words till one morning about 2 weeks ago.
One morning I was sitting at my computer like I am now, I had a feeling of fear and frustration come over me, but it was not my own fears and frustrations. This caused me to think that I might have just felt something from a global consciousness. So I went to my favorite site regarding this subject, The Global Consciousness Project. While clicking around their website I found a quote from Albert Schweitzer.
Ethics is nothing other than Reverence for Life.
This sentence hit me! It is so simple. How did I ever miss this? This line of thinking turns out to be a missing piece in my path.
Now for the whole quote:
Ethics is nothing other than Reverence for Life. Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and to destroy, to harm or to hinder life is evil. — Albert Schweitzer
This is why I believe atheism is a spirituality, it is their reverence for life.
What I find odd is that the religious that makes claims for their reverence for life because of their god’s holy book don’t always display this reverence. It is easily ignored if they can justify destruction, harm or hindrance of life because their god told them so in it’s holy book. The atheist however, on their own accord, can display reverence for life….because it is just the right thing to do as a human.
If this life is all there is, why not make it an enjoyable life for all? If nothing really matters then whats wrong with making it so?
Now, should I click the “Publish” button or not?
Thank you for stopping by! Peace, Love and Light