posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 06:18 PM
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
reply to post by MikeboydUS
From what I understand from the article, this "chaplain" WOULD be an atheist. Of course, he wouldn't be a chaplain in the conventional sense, but
they wouldn't be comforting atheists with things like, "God has a plan" and so on.
Thats what a therapist does.
The issue is ordination. Chaplains attend religious schools, attaining a master's degree worth of education in some form of theology and are ordained
by their faith.
I can't see how that would work for an atheist.
Also, the atheists pushing this are pure materialists, the majority of them are not going to accept some pantheist view of reality with spiritual
energies and gnosis. If you want that maybe we can get some Gnostic or New Age chaplains. Though people who follow such beliefs tend to be pacifists
and stay far away from the military.
Personally, the neo pagans need their own chaplain first. Every unit I have been in has had more Neo-Pagans than atheists. I havn't seen a New Ager
in the military. The Neo Pagans need the same kind of support the Sikhs, Buddhists, and Hindus get.