Everyone believes they are guided by reason. It doesn’t matter if you have deeply held religious beliefs or none at all. Funny thing. Everyone has unexpected common ground in the most unexpected place.
Common sense and logical reasoning have a grounding in the points of Atheism and Agnosticism. But, most people with deeply held religious beliefs don’t think can relate. They believe the conditions for these are outside of religion. This isn’t true. We want to clear up the meaning so you can see the common ground.
To begin with, an Atheist is a position that rejects the existence of one or more specific Gods. It’s an opinion based on reason. Next, the lack of credible evidence to support the existence of God makes one an Agnostic. These positions overlap with religion in some interesting ways. Follow along.
Guided by Reason
An Atheist is someone who does not to believe in a specific supreme being. So, for all practical purposes, everyone is an Atheist. That’s because if you believe one supreme being you must reject all the others. So, that makes the believers in one God an Atheist in the eyes of all the other 2,000 plus Gods. Some religions have several Gods. But, even you have pantheistic beliefs, you probably don’t believe in every God conceived. And, if you don’t choose any God, then you are an Atheist to all Gods. So, see we are all Atheists to some extent.
An Agnostic is a decision based on the lack of credible evidence. For this reason, everyone is an agnostic. No one knows with absolute certainty whether a Supreme Being exists. There is no credible proof. That means believers don’t know their God exists. Believers have faith their God exists. If they had facts they would not have to believe.
The same arguments which prove your specific God exists, are the same that prove all God exist. The first main proof is the absence of evidence to refute your imaginary Being. Unfortunately, the absence of evidence is not proof of absence. This is the same proof for the existence of Zeus, Odin, Santa Claus, unicorns and, fairies. The second main proof is that belief itself makes anything real. But if belief equaled fact, then all Gods would be real. Text of divine inspiration is the third main proof. This refers to the circular logic that first main proof is valid, which it is not. All texts are man-made.
Agnostic Atheism is the position encompassing both atheism and agnosticism. A conclusion from the lack of evidence and logic to support the concept.
Those who don’t like being labeled an Atheist are more comfortable with terms like non-conformist, skeptic, rationalist, or freethinker, or even spiritual explorer. The term non-believer or unbeliever has a negative connotation. Not being a part of a group of believers is a bad thing within the Western cultural narrative. As such, many people remain silent on the subject. Remaining silent is a strategy for avoiding conflict. It is safer. There are still many communities around the world where freethinkers are persecuted.
Still, people like to categorize things. As a result, some refer to this state of freethinking as atheism. This is a perspective unencumbered by the belief in imaginary friends or enemies. So, this means they are free from religious, ethnic and cultural prejudice and bias.
Many people don’t ascribe to any part of the Western theological, but also still have the desire to follow the call of the inner quest. Does this resonate with you? You can fulfill this quest without religion. Spiritual exploration does not require the belief in religion simply the ability to follow a process.
Being guided by reason even the deeply religious will find the common ground in Atheism and Agnosticism. Its common ground we can all embrace. Just open your mind.
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