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 I am an atheist, I am also a non-theistic humanist, a Gaian pantheist, an archetypal polytheist, a 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 …