I "lost" my faith at roughly age thirteen. Later, I came to worry I had "thrown the baby out with the bathwater." I continued to feel alienated from religions but not from the idea of God. I love the idea ofgod, but I cannot "believe." I wish, in a way, I could believe but it is impossible. However, the subject of faith in a rational world has intrigued me all my life.
I found a fabulous working society of faith with no religion in Auroville, neat Pondicherry in India. I have had to build a place like it in my mind here. That part of me found information on Christian Atheism interesting (even though I could never be Christian). It is from a page in the BBC website archived in 2006.
NOTE: There is an image on the web on the subject of Christian Atheism that bears a subtitle: "Believing in God, but living as though he doesn't exist." That is NOT me. I am far, far more of this frame of mind: "Not believing in God, but living as if He does exist."
On the essentials of non-realistic Christianity:
- Religion is about internal spiritual experiences, and that is all.
- There is no world other than the material world around us.
- There are no beings other than the living organisms on this planet or elsewhere in the universe.
- There is no objective being or thing called God that exists separately from the person believing in him.
- There is no 'ultimate reality' outside human minds either.
- We give our own lives meaning and purpose; there is nothing outside us that does it for us.
- God is a projection of the human mind.
- "God" is the way human beings put 'spiritual' ideals into a poetic form that they are able to use and work with.
- "God" is simply a word that stands for our highest ideals.
On Worship and Prayer:
If there is no God, it might seem pointless to go to church, or to pray. Christian Atheists would disagree. They see worship as a beneficial activity; group worship is good way for a community to:
- communicate with each other
- share ideals and ideas
- explore the meaning and purpose of their individual lives, and the life of their community
On the Benefits of Christian Atheism:
- Humanity is forced to take responsibility for everything.
- Human beings are seen as powerful and able to do things for themselves.
- Religion no longer has to try to explain many difficult issues that go with believing in supernatural things.
- Religion is no longer in opposition to scientific progress.