|the Dao of Atheism :||: the Shaman Atheist 24/81|
With long strides
Looking around to see who can be seen
Making myself the center of attention
With great claims and projects
Pride will bring me a future
In nature such traits
There are many forms of atheism in the world:
Eastern religions like Daoism, Buddhism, Charwaka Hinduism and Jainism, the
subversive atheisms of Socrates and the early Christians in Rome, the
atheism of suspicion fostered by d'Holbach, the atheism of psychology
promoted by Sigmund Freud, the atheism of utopia written by Karl Marx
and Ernst Bloch, the atheism of existence according to Jean Paul Sartre,
the Jewish atheisms of Mordecai Kaplan and Sherwin Wine, the Christian
atheisms of Thomas Altizer, Gabriel Vahanian and William Hamilton, the
humanist Unitarian atheism of John Dietrich, the anti-theism
of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the holy atheism of
liberation theology, the Lakota atheism of the Great
Mystery, the Night Way initiation of the Dinay youth ...|
The world, both present and past, is filled with atheisms, all of which take part in the religious quest for meaning. Its history contains theism, atheism and anti-theism, belief in god/s and disbelief in anything supernatural. It is religion: the desire to be connected with some idea, some person, some group, on an uncommon level of existence.
In the past and present of the West, as one religious group defines, another counter-defines. Antagonism and antithesis rule. In my life it has been that way, and in my family it has even been twin against twin. This is not the way of harmony and understanding.
On one concept all can agree: the universe is unknown, it is a mystery. How we approach that mystery is based on family, cultural tradition, thought and experience. One's initial approach and later engagements are usually very different. Events in our family, high school, work place, college, relationships, aging, change our perspective. But the greater mystery of the universe still remains.