Why I have always wanted to write about faith and belief

I’ve been thinking for a very long time about how much I want to write a blog about spirituality, philosophy and religion. 

I’m agnostic, so I’m not sure whether or not I believe in God, but I’ve always been fascinated by faith, or by those grappling with lack of faith.

I think belief, or lack of belief, is one of the most crucial aspects of our existence and one that people think about all the time (not just me!)

It is fundamental to people’s views of the world. Do you think that there is an afterlife, or is this just it? Do you think about the morality of your actions – and does this just link to the here and now, or are you also accountable to a higher power or movement?

I am interested in atheism as well as belief. I think that when people describe themselves as atheist, they are still grappling with the most powerful questions in our universe – is there anything else out there?

I want to talk to people who are avowed atheists – how can they be so sure? Was this a difficult decision to make – or were they actually always just atheist, as far back as they can remember? How does this affect the way they live their life – and do they still think that there is more to life than can be explained by science? I think that even the most scornful or committed atheists have at least thought about these questions.

Some of the most eye-opening and vivid discussions of my life have been with people about religion. I had a friend a while ago who was an atheist and then started training to be a Rabbi. He told me that he’d had a miraculous experience, but at the time, he said it was too personal for him to tell me. I would still love to know about it.

I had an ex-boyfriend who was a very committed atheist. He had left the ultra-religious Jewish community in his twenties which meant leaving everything he knew behind. He hated anything religious, but at the same time, the way he thought about life and each moment was incredibly profound. It was shaped by his experiences of having to reject everything he no longer believed in.

I am Jewish, but I’ve always seen it as a very important cultural background, rather than believing in the religious doctrine.

I would love to talk to people from every single background under the sun about how important it is and what it means to them.

I know that religion, spirituality or belief often gets a bad rap. I’ve been told that Religious Studies is a boring or “Mickey Mouse” subject. What?? I think it’s an endlessly difficult and inspiring topic.

I also know that people have negative connotations about religion or spirituality – it’s unfairly seen as “backwards” or perhaps people only look at the negatives rather than the extraordinarily beautiful and meaningful messages that each religion has to offer.

I want this blog to explore the deeper, soulful questions in life. I want to look at spirituality, or the search for meaning in culture, in people’s lives, in mindfulness, or in snatched conversations.

I will quote from Socrates here which might seem a little pretentious, but it is very sincerely meant and it’s something that I’ve always believed: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Thank you for reading and let me know in the comments if there’s anything you want me to write about in particular.

2 Comments

  1. I see two potential problems of definition beside each other in one paragraph. avowed atheists – how can they be so sure? You seem to imply that “Atheists” are sure that God does not exist. Some militant ones may make that claim. The only thing that most Atheists are ‘sure’ of, is that they do not believe any description or definition of God that has ever been offered to them. Even such hard-core Atheists as the moderators of The Atheist Experience Show have said that they would be delighted of someone could provide proof of the existence of God, salvation, Heaven, and eternal life. It hasn’t happened.
    The second worry is was it a difficult decision to make? Anyone who claims that they decided to believe, or not believe in something, is either honestly deluded, or deliberately lying. We need to be convinced. You can claim that you believe. You can believe that you believe. You can (quickly – sometimes desperately) come to believe. Most Atheists are not religious rebels, who simply decide to deny God and salvation. That idea is silly, though comforting to deeply religious Apologists.
    Good luck in your quest. I hope that you get some thought-inspiring answers. 🙂

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    1. Thanks a lot for your thoughtful comments. I agree that atheists are often not sure that God doesn’t exist, but at the same time, in my experience they might still describe themselves as committed atheists. I agree as well that it’s not necessarily a matter of simply deciding to believe or not to believe. In any case, everyone is different! Thank you for reading, Anna

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