Today’s Saturday, which means it’s time for “Spiritual Saturday”. The day we talk about 2-3 different “beliefs”, whether I believe in them or not, we’ll discuss each belief with respect and strictly facts off the internet!
Today’s Two Beliefs/Religions/Etc:
So let’s start! Remember, if these beliefs are something you don’t agree with, leave the ignorant comments elsewhere, as they won’t be accepted anyways.
Most people believe that Atheism is people that completely don’t believe in God. The truth is Atheism is the “lack of belief in God”. Many dictionaries state Atheism as “wickedness”, “sinfulness”, and other ignorant and derogatory meanings.
Atheist don’t even say that Atheism is a belief nor religion. Some go as far as saying “If Atheism is a religion, then bald is a hair color“.
There is only one thing that ties all Atheist together, the lack of belief in gods and supernatural beings. Atheist do not have a common sacred scripture, atheist pope, or common belief system. This causes most debates to be between Atheist vs Atheist.
Atheists.org is where I found this information.
American Atheist have been fighting for the right for civil liberties of Atheist and the absolute seperation between our government and religion (something I highly agree with). I too belief that our government and religion wether it be in court systems or schools, should be seperatared. They’ve been fighting for this right since 1963!
What if a child is being raised in a home where he/she can choose their own beliefs but are living in a society that is strictly against their own parents beliefs?
What if a gay couple has a child that goes to school or even watches what goes through media, thinking their home is a sin?
Our country “America” is supposed to be the “land of the free”, we’re supposed to be known for giving people second chances, with our arms wide open, right? If we’re accepting of others to come into our country, with their own beliefs and rights, how can we be strictly a one religion, one belief country? That’s just my opinion.
This is something that is considered a “touchy subject” in many areas, that’s why I stressed, no ignorant comments. You never know who is a “believer” or “non believer” or “non ya business”!
Today American Athiest are dedicated to fighting for promoting seperation from State and Church, while providing information about Atheism.
Over the past 50 years Atheist have done a lot for their “belief” “their right”.
Some of this includes:
- Held gatherings and “Athiest Pride Marches” in big state capitals.
- Built a strong and diverse community of local affiliates, partners, and activists.
- Started a network of volunteers who do a variety of important tasks in their community, from placing American Atheist books in libraries to writing letters and publicizing the atheist perspective for others to read and hear about.
- Provided speakers for colleges, universities, clubs, and the news media. To make sure all sides are heard.
- Granted college scholarships to young atheist activists.
Atheists.org Can tell you more information.
As you can tell the Atheist community is getting stronger and more people are becoming more comfortable of accepting their “belief”. More Atheist are coming out and not being ashamed of saying their American Atheist.
“Atheism may be defined as the mental attitude which unreservedly accepts the supremacy of reason and aims at establishing a life-style and ethical outlook verifiable by experience and scientific method, independent of all arbitrary assumptions of authority and creeds.”
“Materialism declares that the cosmos is devoid of immanent conscious purpose; that it is governed by its own inherent, immutable, and impersonal laws; that there is no supernatural interference in human life; that humankind — finding their resources within themselves — can and must create their own destiny. Materialism restores dignity and intellectual integrity to humanity. It teaches that we must prize our life on earth and strive always to improve it. It holds that human beings are capable of creating a social system based on reason and justice. Materialism’s “faith” is in humankind and their ability to transform the world culture by their own efforts. This is a commitment which is in its very essence life-asserting. It considers the struggle for progress as a moral obligation that is impossible without noble ideas that inspire us to bold, creative works. Materialism holds that our potential for good and more fulfilling cultural development is, for all practical purposes, unlimited.”- straight quote from Atheists Aims and Purposes.
Top Stereotypes of Atheism:
- That they are a product of the devil. (Many Athiest commented on this first stereotype stating that this is somewhat true for a stereotype, mostly in older generation hardcore Christians. Not so much with most Christians though.
- They are people haters. (I think this is a steroytype because they don’t want religions pushed on them, so people think their hateful for standing up for what they believe in and not pushing it on people.
- They are conspiracy nuts. (Hmm, I wonder if I’m atheist? Lol. But this is very true says a lot of atheist. Apparently a lot of people think of Atheist as people who just believe everything they could think of “even if it has facts and completely proven, unlike religion”- all 3 came from Thetoptens
On to the Second “Belief” or “Reason”.
Paganism: A person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions. A non-Christian. (Strictly from definition of Google)
I’ll be honest, Pagan is probably one of the many “beliefs, reasons, religions, whatever you want to call it” that I can find myself leaning towards.
The Quick Facts of Paganism:
- Formed in the Early 20th Century.
- 1,000,000 followers and growing.
- Mainly Polytheistic Deity.
- Multiple with Diverse Origins of Sacred Text.
- Found at Patheos
A definition of a Pagan: “A follower of a polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshipping religion.”
A definition of Paganism: “A polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshipping religion.”
So, what really are Pagans and what do they believe?
Pagans are known for pursuing their own vision of the Divine to be a direct and personal experience.
Paganism is the ancestral religion of the whole of humanity. This outlook remains active through the world today. You can pagans in both complex civilizations as Japan or India, also in less complex tribal societies.
” It was the outlook of the European religions of classical antiquity – Persia, Egypt, Greece and Rome – as well as of their ‘barbarian’ neighbours on the northern fringes, and its European form is re-emerging into explicit awareness in the modern West as the articulation of urgent contemporary religious priorities.”- PaganFederation
Many Pagans venerate Nature, and worship many deities, both goddesses and gods.
Nature Veneration: Having spirit of a place, whether it’s a mountain, garden, or waterfall.
The cycle of the natural year, with the different emphasis brought by its different seasons, is seen as a model of spiritual growth and renewel, by most Pagans. Many Pagans see Earth as sacred, almost like a God.
Not all Pagan religion is a public religion; most is domestic. Not all Pagan deities are humanoid super-persons; many are elemental or collective. “We are looking at a religion which pervades the whole of everyday life”.
“History records that worship of many gods, goddesses, and deities was viewed by people as important in worship. It was thought that everything had a spirit and was polytheistic, so people had gods and goddesses of the forest, sea, and all aspects of nature.”- Allaboutspiritually
I suggest going and reading some of the links I provided if you’re interested in learning more about these “beliefs”. I definitely am!
At the end of the day, no matter what race, belief, gender, sexual orientation, we’re all human. We all have our own beliefs and sayings, we always will.
If you are any of these beliefs and any of this info is incorrect, I apologize fully. The Internet is never the best thing to use for all your information! Would help if an Athiest or pagan where to comment on here with his/her beliefs and thoughts.