The Difference Between Atheism & Spirituality [My Take]

First let me say, atheists can be spiritual, too – I’ve seen then and met them. It’s called  ‘Atheism Spirituality’. They also use ‘Pagan Atheism’ as well. Sounds oxy-moronic if you ask me.They are trying to unite people and get them in a closer relationship with reality.They talk in a vague way, but vague because most atheists couldn’t comprehend why they would need spirituality in their lives; which is understandable.

We often get Christians calling us spiritual because “you still have a belief in something – you believe in the big bang”. They’re looking at our non-belief as a belief in a non-belief – if that makes sense. That is their definition of our spirituality. Which couldn’t be more wrong – for a good amount of us.

Spirituality acknowledges something that is to some degree, mystical. As an atheist I comprehend the unknown, but refuse to attribute any sense of mysticism to it. There is no need for anything but logic. An Atheist is one who disbelieves the existence of any form of deity and thus doesn’t have faith on any form of gods or deities. A person who is spiritual, believes in the existence of a spirit in every life forms of nature who also believes that all our spirits are interlinked with the spirit of god.

The definition of spirituality definitely depends on the person using the term; let’s not forget that. One would ask, how could you know one has a spirit to begin with? Where’s your proof of that? That leaves it open for a much different discussion.

Feeling the awe and wonder of our planet, nature, the stars does not make an atheist spiritual. Maybe we need something different or longer to describe it; sure. At the end of the day we are just playing word games. Plus, it’s a mouthful. The point here is that atheists can have these experience and you can call it whatever you like. The experiences are similar to what religious people often call “spiritual.” I don’t think we have to deny the experiences because we deny the term used to define those experiences. Totally not saying that.

“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics. You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded. Because the elements, the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars. And the only way they could get into your body is if the stars were kind enough to explode. So forget Jesus. The stars died so you could be here today.” –Lawrence Krauss

Atheism is a term so narrow-minded believers can understand where we come from. It doesn’t have an alternate meaning.

A: a derivative of “anno,” meaning without. Theism: a derivative of the Greek word “theo” meaning god/gods deity/deities.Ism: deriving from the Greek and Latin form of ismo(s) meaning the idea of or ideology. So the lack of ideology in pertinence to a god or gods. Meaning the lack of belief or theory of a god(s). 

Spirituality is purely subjective.

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  1. I wish a better quotation than this one from Lawrence Krauss were chosen to make this great point of distinction between acknowledging the awesome existence of the universe, as compared to being awed by the existence of the universe. The latter implies ignorance. Words like ‘created’ can easily be used by theorist to entrap the atheist into a net of contradiction(s).

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