My Spirituality as an Atheist

Inspired by a conversation with Theo Warner. En EspaΓ±ol: (Thanks to AmazedAtheist) Is there any value in spirituality? As an atheist you may expect me to say no; but if I’m being honest, I’d have to consider myself a spiritual person. Of course I’m not talking about some ghostly ethereal soul that lives inside my body. There’s no reason to think there’s anything like that. I’m talking about the essence of human. There aren’t many words in our language that capture what that is. at least for me. And so I use the word spirit, in the same way I use the phrase bless you. For rhetoric’s sake. I can only describe it as the action or ability to see beauty. to feel wonder. and to be in awe. Religion and all groups faith of course serve only to prostitute the awe, and the mystery we all feel as humans. they bottle our essence and try putting lid on the wonder we naturally feel. They fail of course. Religion points to the man behind the curtain in an attempt answer the mystery. when in reality, there is no man. the mystery is just that. a mystery. But even though I don’t believe in the supernatural, I try to be as honest as I can to myself, about my spirituality. On my trip out west just a couple months ago I remember a moment standing in a field that looked up at the grand tetons. the tetons in wyoming are these massive glacier capped mountains that just cut into the sky. I remember thinking to myself. Something much greater than me must have caused this. I know it

25 thoughts on “My Spirituality as an Atheist

  1. This was the best video I have ever seen on Youtube. Probably not the best overall, but the best for me personally, because I fully share the feelings expressed.

    Last fall I did a trip to New Zealand, and got to experience some of the expected and inspiring moments you talk about, when contemplating the work of natural forces we both understand, and at the same time, will never fully understand…

    This video needs to be seen. The atheistic spirituality needs to be understood.

  2. Your writing brought a so-often compressed and stifled part of myself up for air. What a lovely video.

  3. whats so f***ed up about theists is that the universe isnt enuff for them. or else, its just too much for them. i think its both.

  4. I see no reason to believe that feeling awe and beauty is limited to only one species. Many other animals have emotions. Why wouldn’t they be able to feel awe and beauty? They are just as alive as we are and have evolved just as long as we have. As an atheist with knowledge of evolution you should know we are just one of these species. We just stand out because of our technology. πŸ™‚

  5. @llHyRaXll i guess we’re trying to find out =] thats part of the wonder, it’s hard to imagine a time without time, without anything, or with anything in an unimaginably small.. place, by lack of a beter word.

  6. that just amazingly caprured the feeling i have about my existance in the unverse, and the reason i dispise ones who limit that awe by pretending it isnt real.

  7. Truly Eve embracing words, those words are precious, if only more people understood its context, our development as a civilization would probably grow at much more exponential rate if that was so.

  8. That sense of something more in my experience points to… a presence within all of life – an infinite intelligence if you will. That’s the most I’ve been able to grasp it as given my present experiences.
    Remember that filling in that awe with ‘tectonic plate shifts’ is no different than filling it in with the Christian ‘God’. To my mind both are limited and deny what it truly is.
    That awe, to me, points to the originator – ‘the Spirit’. It is the alive essence in all of life.

  9. @llHyRaXll Do things have to be black and white? Agnostic: n. a person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist) — from the Princeton dictionary

  10. @TTAWD9001 great video.. how do we even exist in the first place? i mean before the big bang… how is the universe even here?????????????????

  11. This video really made me feel good. It really hit home with me. Thank you for making this, it sums up exactly how I feel.

  12. Mostly agree- but Random mutation is a ridiculous theory with no proof.

  13. Most of the misunderstanding between people about this “subject” comes down to the different interpretations of words like spiritual, mystery, god etc.
    Nail on the head with ” beyond my ability to comprehend”.

  14. @shootshoot If you do not wish to have it, do not have it. But please do not make the false assumption that you know or understand the wants of others.

  15. “The essence of human”, a feeling of awe, of love, of utter wonder.

    This is a fantastic video, and while I am not an atheist, nor a religious person, I feel these things — I feel this awe and love, and you are so right, Hughman. It is beautiful.

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