The modern day definition of an atheist is a simple one: One who disbelieves or denies the existence of God or gods.
“Not possessing a religious basis for morality, atheists are fundamentally incapable of having a coherent system of morality,” declares Conservapedia.
When it comes to beliefs about deities and the people who don’t believe in them, it’s sophomoric to categorize people into rigid boxes and to declare that they have an inferior morality.
For instance, Buddhists are considered to be atheists because they do not worship a creator god; yet, they are very spiritual people who believe in karmic retribution for misdeeds, believe that consciousness transcends the physical experience and seek enlightenment. There are websites for spiritual atheists with the site, Spiritual Atheism explaining, “Generally, Spiritual Atheists are people who do not believe in a literal ‘God’ (thus the term ‘Atheist’), but still consider themselves to be (often deeply) ‘Spiritual’ people. There is no consensus among Spiritual Atheists regarding the literal existence of one’s own ‘spirit’ or a collective ‘spirit;’ however, there is consensus that if any ‘spirit’ does exist, it is not external to the universe and it is not “supernatural.” The Spiritual Atheism site promotes a morality of no harm.
Morality aside, there are atheists who believe in ghosts and the paranormal and, speaking of the afterlife, it turns out that atheists suffering from the physical effects of heart attacks are just as likely to have “near death experiences” as the religious.
The point is, when it comes to the un-churched, there are non-believers of all stripes – and many who are open-minded about subjects considered to be taboo. In this broadcast of the Freethought Fridays & Variety Show, we’re going to have something of an open forum about the beliefs, spirituality and morality of the un-churched, the “small a” atheists, and their willingness to break from “atheistic fundamentalism.” Fundamentalism can take all kinds of forms, whether religious , political or secular. It is characterized by a rigid adherence to religious or other principles and often marked by an intolerance of other views.
Our central guests include a paranormal radio show host who considers herself an atheist and a scientist who doesn’t buy into traditional god belief, but studies the esoteric side of science along with hard core math and physics.
“Dune” is a de-converted fundamental Christian whose background is in the Pentecostal/charismatic church. Before switching her major to psychology, she chose to study theology and the Bible. Nowadays, Dune co-hosts a talk show about the paranormal – a subject that many atheists find silly and reprehensible. “I am still learning and exploring many ideas,” Dune says. “ I have more questions than I do answers. Though I am skeptical, I am not a cynic. I am well educated and well read on a variety of topics. What I don’t know, I try to learn. That is why my journey may seem unusual. In my mind, it is the definition of a paradigm shift.”
Gary Ellenberger was a previous guest on the God Discussion show when time ran out so quickly that we never had a chance to explore mulitiverse theory with him. A retired Motorola staff scientist, Gary was educated in mathematics. He spends his time nowadays hiking, playing the didgeridoo – and surrounding himself with dozens of books by scientists and mathematicians that present intriguing and sometimes controversial views of the universe that we live in.
Gary’s partner Chris will join to share her views on spirituality, as well as callers to the show who may include additional hosts.
Show Time: Friday night, July 26, 2013, 6 Pacific / 7 Mountain / 8 Central / 9 Eastern (Additional time conversions at the World Time Server).
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