What’s A Nice Atheist Like Me Doing At Gods & Radicals?

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Recently, some criticisms of the Gods & Radicals community have included condemnation of the inclusion of a self-proclaimed atheist — me — among the contributors.

What’s an atheist doing at Gods & Radicals?  It’s a fair question.

The truth is, while am an atheist, I am also a non-theistic humanista Gaian pantheistan archetypal polytheista naturalistic animist.  And which one I answer to really depends on how you ask the question or what aspect I am choosing to emphasize at the time.

I am but atheist north-north-west.

When the wind is southerly, I know a god from a geist.

My worldview does not accommodate supernatural beings that exist separately and independently of human beings — and in that sense I am an atheist.

And yet, my world is full of gods.  Let me give you an example …

Each morning, I wake up and greet the rising sun with arms upraised and an invocation of Indra, adapted from the Rig Veda, on my lips …

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