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    For our atheist pagan crew...

    ... of which I am one:

    http://humanisticpaganism.com/blog/
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    Re: For our atheist pagan crew...

    ...its also pretty friendly to panthiests, agnostics, humanists, and some others
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

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    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

    Pagan Devotionals, because the wind and the rain is our Bible

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    Re: For our atheist pagan crew...

    For those who have questions, and search honestly for answers
    Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.

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    Re: For our atheist pagan crew...

    I'm not atheist but I love that site.
    It made my coffee breaks worthwhile at the graveyard.
    baah.

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    Re: For our atheist pagan crew...

    It looks very appealing to me. I feel like I want a deeper connection with the natural world but don't really want to have to take on a load of strange beliefs.

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    Re: For our atheist pagan crew...

    What would you constitute as atheist pagan? Buddhists? Animists generally?
    I'm not one to ever pray for mercy
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    But that day you know I left my money
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    Re: For our atheist pagan crew...

    Quote Originally Posted by Briton View Post
    What would you constitute as atheist pagan? Buddhists? Animists generally?
    A pagan who lacks the belief in a deity.
    Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.

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    Re: For our atheist pagan crew...

    Quote Originally Posted by Briton View Post
    What would you constitute as atheist pagan? Buddhists? Animists generally?
    Atheists don't believe in God(s), but may believe all sorts of other stuff. Buddhism can be viewed as non-theistic or polytheistic, though of course it's very diverse. Animism I'm not that familiar with, but it sounds like a belief.

    Generally I'm not too keen on beliefs these days, they often feel like preconceptions which limit full and open experience, more of a hindrance than a help. Possibilities and assumptions I can live with though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porpoise View Post
    Generally I'm not too keen on beliefs these days, they often feel like preconceptions which limit full and open experience, more of a hindrance than a help. Possibilities and assumptions I can live with though.
    This is much the place I come from. I would rather explore, try, experiment, test, experience - but one can't do that well if one believes. Beliefs tell one in advance what ones experiences are, and what they mean.

    Or, at least, they prejudice one in certain directions.
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    Re: For our atheist pagan crew...

    Quote Originally Posted by Briton View Post
    What would you constitute as atheist pagan? Buddhists? Animists generally?
    naturalistic pantheists, archetypal soft polytheists, straight up dirt worshippers, non-theists, humanists...
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

    Pagan Devotionals, because the wind and the rain is our Bible

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