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Atheism & Theism, a dialectic misunderstanding

I feel like atheism is really accidentalism in my paradigm.
Tldr
Atheists fail to ascribe meaning to reality because of their logical reductionism vs an emergent outlook.
Atheism is a paradigm to explain reality and science via no derived meaning–heavily implying, if not outright stating–that we are byproducts of chance, accidents if you will.
Atheism puts science on the altar and derives its meaning from science’s descendent. The god is induction and our senses.
Enter Plato and metaphysics contrasted with milesians and atomist reductionists which Aristotle and the clergy via Descartes “i think therefore I am” split science and faith into two camps. Therefore implying a mental relation between science and reason with faith on the opposite end.
So atheism takes up science from this vantage and champions how faith in fundamentalist concepts becomes the straw man for belief in God.
So you get people like me inbetween who has radically different views than the common theist but sees a connection between all the modes of belief about reality and think its just a misunderstanding and over simplification by non experts who anthropomorphise an idea into a being in the effort to better understand it. They’re layman’s of wonder who scientists are experts in but they are both describing the same wonder just from different understandings.
But myself. I ascribe meaning to the wonder that is providence. The divine fire. The architect of the laws. All that jazz. Its like masonry. We see the beauty and wonder if it means anything.
I think it does. We have thoughts because there are ideas to be held.

Atheist Church

While I jumped on the bandwagon of “yay! Atheist Church!” I had to breath a few times and analyze why I was excited.

I was excited because…

Atheism usually means the lack of religious convictions from politics. It involves reason and calm analysis. If we’re lucky, we get humanist ideals that surface.

Religion… well religion is a crapshoot until it “evolves” to accept humanist ideals.

Either way… one thing I miss about Church is… community.

So that’s why I got excited. I would love to be part of something that is greater than myself. Something that is positive, uplifting, and builds a sense of community. “Why should religion get the monopoly?”

Anyways, I’m a Deist, who believes God is evident through reality, but not necessarily defined within any religion. I do believe that the ideals of Deism pour into Humanism. Which to be honest isn’t really a true connection.

I feel God is running a simulation IF ANYTHING, and doesn’t want to interfere. I think we’re one giant social experiment (imagine sociology * psychology). Whatever the end result is, is what humanity decides. However, humanity came up with this idea of religion, and politics, and logic, and science… where does it go? Hopefully it evolves into humanism. I think that’s the end goal. Whether religion or not.

Which brings me to Deism.

If we can achieve that, if we can derive that from our own internal experience, we will have graduated (any Mormon’s here?) to our own understanding of how the Universe “could” be. I.e. humanism.

Anyways… Here’s an atheist church that is going to be running in LA hopefully. Which ironically is being started by a Universalist Unitarian (which I think is funny… why didn’t get just go Deist, or maybe he was, but jumped on a bandwagon, like myself).

http://thistleknot.pagekite.me/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Print_-»-Atheism-starts-its-megachurch_-Is-it-a-religion-now_-»-Print-Salon.pdf

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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/07/10/ex-christian-pastors-atheist-church-for-non-believers-takes-god-out-of-the-equation/