Atheism with a heart

From the IAmAnAtheist.com feedback form:

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.

Posted on June 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: About atheism

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  1. Written by NFQ
    on June 24, 2010 at 6:19 pm
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    This is beautiful. What a fantastic answer. I’m not sure I could have been so diplomatic and eloquent to someone who clumsily mischaracterized my beliefs and then signed off “love and kisses.” Good for you.

  2. Written by ed42
    on June 24, 2010 at 8:31 pm
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    What do you call a person who refuses to worship a god that punishes those who won’t worship it?

    Right now I’m that kind of atheist, there are many other kinds.

  3. Written by Joakim Rosqvist
    on June 25, 2010 at 8:18 am
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    Good answer! Cold you please explain “I even believe in miracles, in a way.”?
    I’ define miracles as events that defy the laws of nature. While I dont think such events ever occur, I might still observe something that goes against what I considered to be the laws of nature since I may be wrong about what those laws are.

    • Written by ideclare
      on June 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm
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      @Joakim: I say that I believe in miracles in a way because I am able to feel a sense of wonder at and awe of something so incredible that it seems, to my limited mind, close to magic. This does nothing to interfere with my knowledge that it is not magic, however, since one can have different emotional and intellectual responses to something.

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