Atheism with a heart
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Thanks, I have always wanted to be excomulgated from Catholicism, which i’m baptised thanks a lot
But i can’t go along atheism, is so rational that sucks, is the brain against the heart, is the other extreme of religion, and, in my opinion, a rational religion as well. Extremes don’t work for me
Love and kisses.
That’s an interesting point of view and I appreciate you sharing it with me. I would like to suggest, though, that perhaps you are confining atheism within too tight a fence.
There are many kinds of atheist. Personally, I am an atheist because I see no compelling reason to believe that deities exist. That is the extent of my atheism.
There is nothing about my being an atheist that forces me to discard emotion in favor of reason. I love my family, enjoy escapist books, cry at movies, and love the smell of the forest or the feel of sunlight on my skin at the beach. I treasure life’s mysteries and adore new discoveries, and I find myself in awe of nature far more now than I was back when I thought that it was all part of some divine plan.
Being an atheist helps me see just how precious and special life is, and reminds me that it is a thing to be treasured and protected. Atheism leads me to help others through my own work and through charitable organizations, because if humans do not act to end suffering and preserve the things we treasure, nobody will.
I don’t believe in God, but I do believe in love, hope, charity, kindness, trust, justice, and many other things that theists also believe in. I think that there are many important questions science is unequipped to address. I even believe in miracles, in a way.
So before you discard atheism for its lack of heart, please consider atheism as something that can feed both your head and your heart. It might make all the difference.