Friday, August 7, 2009

Functionally Atheist

I'm not an atheist, actually, but can make no claims about God, whatever God may be or not be, outside of my own subjective experience. When it comes to God, there is no "out there" out there where God could be. There is only "in here" and I'm the only one in here, besides God.

However, I live in what is, or at least some how appears to be, a real, material universe. By reality I mean what Phillip K. Dick put perfectly: "That which does not go away because you stop believing it." In that place, the only place we exist as far as others are concerned, the only medium through which we can communicate, there is no evidence of God. Nothing objective anyway.

The net effect is, when it comes to material reality I'm a stone cold materialist. I believe some ever more precise combination of physics (and all it entails) and reason will account for all that we experience. This is not to say there is no God, just that everything we've learned as we've turned away from ignorance and superstition has taught us God is not required.

I think that's about as close to falsifiability as you get with respect to God and God does not do well in the encounter.

On the other hand. Inside where I live, where my existence is a continuing play of symbols and metaphor, grasping for patterns in the waves of sensation constantly pouring over me, there is a place where I experience something larger than me. I don't know how else to describe it. I truly experience it rarely, but when I do. mostly in some sort of meditative state, or when genuinely at peace--sitting on a hillside on a warm spring day--I can see forever and feel the all of everything humming. A soft warmth in the darkness. Encompassing.

But totally subjective. I wouldn't think of trying to prove such a thing.

Ain Soph Aur
Ain Soph




Kent McManigal said...

I am an atheist. I have no belief in anything supernatural, and even think the evidence is pretty clear that nothing supernatural exists. (Supernatural= beyond nature. Nature= what exists. So, "supernatural" is beyond what is? Seems kinda contradictory to me)

Half jokingly I have said it is more comforting to think there is no god than to think there is and he/she/it hates me.

Puck T. Smith said...

I am an atheist.
For all intents and purposes so am I. However I do not consider the material existence we experience to be the totality of existence.

The is that which is completely other. I don't know how else to explain it.