Steps to Becoming a Spiritual Atheist

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Are you an atheist with a spiritual bent? If you believe spirituality means believing in a deity, you may have a peculiar sense of what it means to be spiritual.

Is it necessary that the two be linked? There are many misconceptions about Buddhism, but few people know that the actual Buddha never professed a belief in a deity.

As a rule, Jesus did not want his followers to think about what might happen in the future.

He wanted them to think about how they could get back to heaven here on Earth.

Computer Spirituality

Think of a computer system that has developed to the point where it begins to ask questions “beyond the box.”

It’s starting to wake me up. One of the first things it would learn is that its capabilities are still severely constrained, despite its impressive computational power.

Humans are still more powerful than computers, even though most of them have no idea how to begin to decipher their complex algorithms.

They have a clearer perspective on things.

Even if it knew a million facts, the computer wouldn’t know what to do with them.

It could explain human psychology, but it wouldn’t know what a grin was trying to convey.

It would have no idea what it was used for or why it was there in the first place.

You can get computers to be spiritual if they start to wonder about the world outside of their circuits, which makes them want to learn and grow.

Ethical Atheism

Atheism is the denial of the existence of a supreme being. There is no faith since there isn’t enough proof.

Atheists don’t need to refute the existence of a deity, just as Christians don’t need to disprove the existence of intelligent termites.

The person who claims that something is true has to show that it is true with proof.

It is possible for an atheist to appreciate the mystique of existence and wonder how new knowledge serves to amplify that mystique, further obscuring any definitive explanations.

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To improve one’s self-awareness, even an atheist may want to get in touch with “higher forces.”

This is a spirituality that does not believe in God. What distinguishes it from other “conventional” forms of spirituality?

On the other hand, atheists don’t feel the need to construct gods and religions to explain the mysteries of life.

When you meditate or use other methods to tune into your subconscious, you might make contact with “higher forces.”

Our brains’ electrical patterns supposedly represent these “higher powers.” To access them, we don’t need to know anything about them.

Is it because atheists don’t care? The polar opposite is true. The quest for the truth is halted when religious explanations are imposed as a means of “understanding.”

When you stop inquiring, how can you absorb and incorporate fresh evidence?

It is best to use spiritual skills like “intuition” if they can be used in a way that makes sense to people who know time and facts.

When we look back on history, we realize how skewed people’s perspectives were and how little they knew compared to now.

We will appear that way to future generations, and they will appear that way to future generations as well.

Like the spiritual computer, we’re expanding, but our circuits are still in a box we need to break out of.

A spiritual atheist seeks to break out of the confines of that box.

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