Are we Angry Atheists or Effusive Enlightenees?
- The following is my response to a discussion on the wesite: Evolution: The View of Life, but I thought it was of broad enough interest to be posted here. It is also someting of a synopsis of my book Post Script to a Christian Nation. My focus group didn’t like that title (C’mon, focus, Group!), so I trying this out: Religion is Gods Way of Showing Us it’s Earlier in Human Evolution than We Thought.
- The thread of that blog starts under the Religion heading on “Evolution The view of Life” blog.
- Fool into the fray, I can sympathize with both points of view. (Background: my wife reads my stuff and says I’m an angry atheist) I also railed against the US congress’ reaffirming In God We Trust as the national motto titling my comments: that it was “…the religious equivalent of marking territory.” (couple of blogs ago).
Where I zag spiritual is based on the fact that many/most people do have that Faith Instinct that Nicholas Wade explains in his book.
Look, we know there is no spiritual realm or supernatural beings. BUT something we inherited has us looking for those things nevertheless. Further, our psychology/anatomy rewards us with neurochemicals (seratonin, dopamine, etc.) for “spiritual” thoughts and behavior.
People have attributed much historically to things done “under the influence” of spiritual epiphanies. Since there are no spiritual beings or spiritual realm, those folks don’t have much on us.
I think we express our “human spirit” through similar avenues. Writing, art, academics and many more.
As an aspiring humanist, I like the life-affirming accomplishments, especially those of a secular nature, not so much of those of a religious nature (also, an angry atheist, remember?).
Our need for fulfillment may come from that same neural complex, same neurochemical rewards.
Inspite of Rick Warren’s warning that humanism isn’t about to take over religion’s turf, I think, eventually, that it will still come to pass–as a cooperative effort.
Like your favorite ball team, we’ll all have our different teams–we’ll wear our decal–Born-agains, Catholics, Buddhism, Jewish traditions, Humanist, Freethought, Atheists, and others, but we’ll value the game, the family of man, that’s what will pull us together.
It’s a big table. Let’s set it for the guests we want and establish the etiquette that should be observed.
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