|the Dao of Atheism :||: the Shaman Atheist 36/81|
Shrink to extend
exercise in order to weaken
stabilize for revolt
give in order to receive
die to live.
This is the balance of nature
soft overcomes hard,
Like a fish below the surface,
There are open and closed religious systems. |
Open religious systems emphasize the common spiritual experience and journey, with less focus on systematic definition and orthodox practice.
Closed religious systems push faith and belief, requiring a common spiritual definition and strict adherence to their ideology.
Traditional atheism in the West has been a closed religious system that has pushed orthodox anti-theism. Freud, Marx, and O'Hair ... all promoted a we-them dualism that set atheist against theist.