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I am a full-on, no holds barred, non-agnostic atheist. The type that does not hold to anything supernatural. No devils, no destiny, no crystals, no chakras, no chi, no dream reading, no telepathy, no tongues, no candles, no singing, no spiritual warfare or end-of-times fears, no fasting, no prayer, no meant-to-be, no ashes and mumbled words, no need for intercession of any kind. No spirits, no hell, no eternal reward, no eternal punishment, no afterlives, no auras, no foot massages or body work, no universal life force, no feng shui, no alternative medicine, nothing.
No ESP, no tarot, no spiritual connections of any kind, no supernatural power of any kind, nothing paranormal, nothing metaphysical, no angels or demonic beings, no ghosts, no vampires, no holy beings, no saints, no sinners, no tithing, no telling the future, no miracles, no astrology, no secrets or hidden things, and no need to figure out why a so-called loving deity would allow or create such pain and hatred in the world.
No special rituals. No special books. No special clothing, chants, incantation, laying on of hands. No internal powers, no esoteric knowledge, no herbs or spices, no substances of any kind. No factions. No divisions between different groups of non-believers. No honor killings. No secret societies. No systematic bigotry. No ancient language or esoteric history. No martyrdom. No children born to sin. No religious leaders guiding thinking, no religious wars, no religious crusades. No need for redemption. No prayer requests. No religious chain letters. No hidden beings. No prayer. No secret handshakes. No hidden leadership. No hierarchy, No hidden plans. No secret words to utter. No faith. No special days of the year. No more dumbing down. No secrecy at all.
Just the wonder of what IS.
And I DO mean the wonder.
It is an act of sublimity to look at our earth, at our solar system, at our cosmos and see it through the eyes of AWE, rather than through eyes that call it a miracle, finger-snapped into place by a deity. Instead, the vastness, the magnificence, and the incomprehensibility of it washes over me like a sacred experience. I feel connected to it. I am a part of it. My children are a part of it. We are star stuff. The wonder of that never ceases to move me.
Our family is very science-oriented, specifically astronomy. Our opportunities to see deep space objects, to follow the movement of planets in our solar system, comets, and other objects help to support the all natural paradigm. The beauty of the natural works is truly without peer.
Having rejected all religious dogma and all supernatural deities of all kinds, I can honestly say, the world makes sense! No need to rely on "faith" or to accept "mysteries" that defy logic, ethics, and integrity.
I am an atheist.