Re: Why we believe (was: fishing with the seventh seal)

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Wed Jul 05 2000 - 13:46:37 MDT

Do you think such people actually mean that they appreciate not only the
beauty or whatever, but the mystery (for them) of how it got that way?
In other words, most of these "spiritual" people are simply looking for
a nice way of saying that they enjoy being ignorant?

Dana Hedberg wrote:
> What is the difference between being "spiritually" inclined and just
> having a grand appreciation for your life and the reality you currently
> inhabit? Many people I've talked to often claim a sense of spirituality
> without belief in some higher Creator/Supreme Being. Upon probing, what
> I've found is simply that they appreciate the complexity and the beauty
> of their environment (internal and external) without reference to some
> all-powerful deity. So, my question would then be, why use the loaded
> term spiritual, when really, you mean simple appreciation for your
> circumstances (whatever you perceive/believe them to be)?
> -Dana
> "[ Robert-Coyote ]" wrote:
> >
> > You might clarify this by explaining why you unnecessarily conjoin belief in
> > a spiritual reality with a belief in god, as one could have a belief in a
> > spiritual reality without believing in god (I do)
> >

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