Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Response to America's Atheists: Believe it or Not

The Economist had an article yesterday titled: “America’s Atheists: Believe it or Not.” While I found the overall message partially true—that atheists “are hardly a cohesive group” and have failed to catch the attention of political candidates, I disagree that America will rally support for an atheist president anytime soon. Freedom itself stems from the universal truth that acknowledges unalienable rights endowed by our Creator. I highly doubt a candidate will challenge the foundation of our very existence, and if they do—good luck getting elected.

This article reminds me of an earlier post regarding people I know that describe themselves as “spiritual, not religious.” The Economist seems to point out that atheists don’t believe in any God. In my experience, some people choose not to follow an organized religion, but maintain their belief in a higher power. Are there different levels of atheism? Does “spiritual, not religious” mean you are atheist?

Don’t get me wrong here: I have numerous friends that are not religious, and it certainly makes for good conversation. However, I’m increasingly curious to learn more about the derivation of their personal beliefs. What makes someone not want to believe in a higher power? Isn't there some sort of desire that makes you want to believe?

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