atheism and the Living God Who is Everywhere

I have often been accused of athiesm. This is because I challenge most contemporary conceptions of God and regard most ancient texts as metaphors for the unexplainable rather than purely factual and literal accounts of historical interactions with the Divine. This does not mean that I reject the Living God Who is Everywhere but rather reject the notion that any individual or sect holds the entire and final truth of the Living God Who is Everywhere in their possession. Most of the people I know who identify themselves as athiests have been driven there by shrieking maniacs frothing with the joy of God who scream insults hurled from the Bible. Telling people who disagree with you that they are destined for eternal damnation isn’t helpful or even accurate for their suffering will decrease the moment they leave your presence.

The old stories are for inspiration and guidance, not biology or cosmology. In one of those old stories, the Creator God tasked humanity with naming all of the animals. In a stroke of irony worthy of the Living God Who is Everywhere, Charles Darwin made a greater contribution to that assignment than any single human before or since and for that he has been branded the greatest god-killer in history. That the scientific method emerged from Christian philosophers is to the credit of that faith and yet makes contemporary Christian anti-intellectualism all the more shameful and perverse.

I think that many of the new athiests believe they are athiests because they have been told that they must either accept ridiculous nonsense or damnation. They think that to accept the Living God Who is Everywhere they have to reject thought. The opposite is true; the Living God Who is Everywhere loves discovery, new perspectives, and clarity. Repression, willful ignorance, and illusion only separate you from the Living God Who is Everywhere.

2 Responses to “atheism and the Living God Who is Everywhere”

  1. I think that many of the new athiests believe they are athiests because they have been told that they must either accept ridiculous nonsense or damnation.

    You misunderstand us then. We are atheists because we don’t believe, and those that urge us to do so are unconvincing.

  2. See: Wesleyan Quadrilateral

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