Atheism Doesn’t mean a Lack of Spirituality

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The spirituality of an atheist differs from that defined by organized religion. Spirituality is generally associated with religious fervor or an ethereal experience in which the soul is in union with God.

Spirituality Defined

Spiritual can be defined as a state of being related to an individual’s faith in a Supreme Being, and that an individual’s desire to experience tranquility through faith. 

But it can also be defined as a state of being related to one’s belief in the power of one’s own self to govern his or her own existence and connect with other human beings in a positive way.

Spirituality can be separated from religious dogma.

Spirituality is a state of being, an experience. Attending a specific service or adapting a specific religion’s dogma is not required to achieve spirituality. By this standard, the spiritual can be understood not as evidence of belief in a God, but rather as evidence that individuals are capable of sincere connections within the realm of this material world.

 

What Involves Spirituality in Atheist View

An atheist’s spirituality may consist of kindness to others, a deep appreciation of nature, a profound understanding of human nature, and compassion for those in need. Any and all of these mindsets will create in a person a sense of the spirit that does not necessarily warrant belief in a Supreme Being.

Atheists may not believe in God, but this doesn’t mean they do not understand the power of faith or appreciate the desire for a belief in a higher power. Their spirituality lies not in the faith of a religious nature, but rather in their own individuality. Their spirituality lies in their respect for others’ beliefs.

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