posted on Sep, 30 2013 @ 10:17 AM
As humans, we have potential to understand ourselves and our environment. When you think of something, it becomes a part of you. Your understandings
are based on how you interpret information, and your interpretation is based on what you understand. A cycle.
A belief system is based on understanding, whether these understandings are fully developed or not. A healthy mind creates questions, and seeks
answers- an inner dialog. As the answers are developed, an understanding takes place.
Perhaps a belief then, is a set of understandings that are grouped together and then set aside for future or continuous reflection and contemplation.
This is how I believe, the community of mature religious thinkers use their minds. Systematically- I don't put myself into this group of thinkers.
I assume that thoughtful atheists operate in this same way. Not all atheists share the same qualities that make up the "ideal" secular intellectual.
There are some downright nasty and irrational atheists out in the world publicly defending their stance on faith, and this does no justice to those
who study the subject as if life depended on it.
But we should not hold all thought processes as equal for an entire group of people. Atheism is a rejection of the spiritual. And the reasons that
humans have for this rejection are numerous. Not all people in a group are equal in quality or intention. But I would add that we are all humans, and
that is good for something.