mystic atheism

May 16, 2010 § 6 Comments

i think i am an atheist.  i am definitely an anarchist, and this dawning atheism comes out of the same root as my affinity to anarchism.

have always had much respect and love for religions.  the wisdom on the art of life.  the insight, the poetry, the images, the places of devotion, the practices, the saints, the stories, the sense of awe and numinous wonder. the cultures and communities that come out of deep prayer and intention.

thinking about octavia butler’s god.  god is change.

Consider: Whether you’re a human being, an insect, a microbe, or a stone, this verse is true. All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth Is Change. God Is Change. (Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler) —

i want to teach aza this song…

but if it is an atheism, it is a mystic atheism.

to say ‘i believe’ is to say ‘i am loyal to’ and i am not loyal to any god.


§ 6 Responses to mystic atheism

  • Ash says:

    For me there is more wonder and truth in a handful of dirt than in any sermon. Atheism makes me so happy.

    • mama says:

      ah. i never did well with sermons anyways. and sitting still for hours listening to someone tell me how to live my life…well…i grew up in a fundamentalist baptist church so…yeah…but i like this quote ‘atheism makes me so happy’

  • revolutionaryandjoyful says:

    A million times yes. I am an atheist / secular humanist but I find non-Abrahamic religions (especially anything goddess-related) superbly interesting and am sometimes a bit jealous of people who believe in them (I cannot force myself to believe in any of it; it just doesn’t make sense to me).

    I generally try not to focus on my atheism when connecting with other people. I am much more focused on whether or not a person sees something wrong with this world and wants to work at change than what deities/forces they do or do not believe.

    • mama says:

      oh i find abrahamic religions beautiful too. i admit that part of love for the middle east comes from the fact that it is so deep in judaism, christianity, and islam. but then i am attracted to desert religions, nomads, desert cultures, the ‘fertile crescent’, sand, heat, etc. and i have so much respect for people who practice humility and service through their faith. for me i think that is why the ‘mystic’ is more important to me than the ‘atheist’ in the description. cause i love hearing about religious experiences.
      and there is such a strong feminine tradition in abrahamic religions. in catholicism, the place of mary is sacrosanct, and in popular worship often more centered than jesus or the father.

  • sweetjamaican says:

    I read Parable of the Sower right after I deconverted from conservative evangelical Christianity (to eventual atheism) and it seriously changed. my. life. I’d never had a book speak to me like that. I found myself wishing there really was an Earthseed religion. It was the first of many experiences that helped me realize that there was a perfectly fine, humanitarian, non-theistic way to fully engage with the world and to try to make sense of things.

    i am faaaaar more loving, compassionate, forgiving, non-judgemental etc now than i was when i was super Christian. my personal credo (and planned tattoo) is “love is my religion”.

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