Monday, August 13, 2007

Faith of an Atheist

Just in case you wondered (if anyone has even read it yet) my last questioning bit on faith was inspired by this UU sermon.

A devout atheist would say, take your attention out of the unknown, out of the heavens. Turn it instead with full concentration on your own life, your own experience. The faith of an atheist, is the remarkable notion that this is enough. What we see with our eyes, and touch with our skin, and know with our minds, and live with our lives must be enough. This human existence must redeem itself, must bless itself, must create itself. The faith of an atheist is not a faith in god, but in life itself. That is faith.


Faith of an Atheist

2 comments:

Terri said...

Last Sunday my favorite UU minister gave a sermon on athiest faith as well. It focussed on the writings of Albert Camus (which I'll be reading soon). But the conclusion was much the same as you've stated. Athiests have the ability to live life much more fully and I think with deeper care and compassion for others due to the uniquness of each individual and each moment. At least we have faith in something real that can be experienced rather than a social delusion.

Mikayla Starstuff said...

Thanks for the input. I've been reconsidering the whole notion of faith lately.

(quote)
At least we have faith in something real that can be experienced rather than a social delusion.
(/quote)


That about sums it up I think :)