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It might seem hostile to pepper a live atheist with so many questions, but these are things I’d really like to know:
- Is it possible to live so immersed in atheism, so aligned with its principles that they become a life support system to you in alien, or hostile environments?
- Is atheism so important, or helpful to you that you can’t live without it, can’t stand without its support?
- Is it possible to live so fully in correspondence with atheism that your life does not make sense without it? Nothing else makes sense of YOU. Atheism is the key to your coherence, without which every aspect of your being falls apart into incoherence. Is that true for you?
- Does the word ‘atheism’ live so richly in you that it shapes and colors and fills your every word, act, gesture and work of art?
- Does atheism bond you to other atheists in a community that extends from generation to generation and to every corner of the globe? Does it give you a kind of real unity with other atheists that irritate you, disagree with you about everything but atheism, get in your way, or make demands on you?
- Do you find yourself wanting to express atheism in works of great beauty, profound joy or hopefulness? What works by atheists do this? I would like to experience their works of art.
- Does your atheism overflow to immerse and influence people around you?
- Does your atheism enliven and ennoble and edify people when you share it with them? Do they feel more hopeful if they convert to atheism?
- By the light of atheism, can you examine the natural world more deeply, understand interpersonal dynamics and mental illness more fully, or perceive paths to renewing the world more clearly?
- What would it mean for someone to adopt a distorted or malformed atheism? Are there ways someone could know if their atheism was becoming deformed, dangerous, or confused with other beliefs?
- Can you be a ‘fundamentalist atheist’? What would that look like? How ‘bout an ‘orthodox atheist’? A ‘non-practicing atheist’? A ‘cultural atheist’?
- Are there any obligations imposed upon you by atheism?
- What are an atheist’s guidelines for getting along with non-atheists (and answering their questions)?
- What, for you, is the most compelling argument for the doctrine that there is no God?
If you substitute your religion for ‘atheist’ in each question, then answer them all, it will be good for you and for our future dialogue! Here’s a contact form in case you want to share your answers with me. I’d be honored!