Naturalism

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There’s a lot of confusion as to what an atheist is, even for people who call themselves athiests. I used to think of atheism as a specialty area of skepticism, and now I have realized that in the same way that I do not have to identify myself as an a-unicornist or a-bigfootist, that I also don’t have to identify myself as something that I am not.

Atheism is the moment when you reject religion. There might be stages of atheism, where you reject a particular religion or similar grouping of religions building to all religions or maybe you just don’t accept any part or all of all religions outright.

But, it’s the moment, not a lifetime position or part of your identity. It’ s the moment.

Telling people you’re not a believer – because that what atheism is in sum total – no belief – is like coming out and telling people that you are gay. But gay is part of what makes you you.

So, rather an identify as something that is absent from me, I am a naturalist. I beleive in nature and nature is wonderful and scary all on it’s own, without adding supernatural under or over or throughout it. I am a naturalist and that makes anyone who thinks there’s something other than nature supernaturalists.

In this way, there is no difference between people who accept religion without evidence or ghosts or big foot or anything where there is no reason to accept a positive claim – and proof is required by those who make the claim.

Now, I continue to use atheist to ensure a degree of common reference for discussion purposes, but I am not an atheist – I am a naturalist.

People who want to accept claims that are outside of nature is fine for them, but if they want others to accept their unnatural claims, then bring on the evidence because I have changed the rules of engagement by changing the context of accepting the unnatural claims and defining myself as outside of that – to making the context nature and reality – which makes sense, because claims outside of nature and reality should have the harder position to defend and not be the context for the discussion.

Acquired Knowledge vs Revealed Knowledge

What the world needs now is empathy and compassion

Free Speech carries consequences

Who’s Sacrificing Who?

spectrum of the universe is towards equality

To that discussion end, Random Ntrygg’s atheist blogdex is a newest to oldest quick reference:

2011

Changing the Conversation

Religious Test for Office

Fairytales and Religion

Atheists are the New Gays

Elevatorgate II

Questions from a High Schooler

It’s That Time of Year Again - the Annual War on The War On Christmas

Born What Way?

Purpose in life

Religious vs Spiritual Redux

We could end bigotry and oppression overnight

Religious Harms

Michele Bachmann blindsided by 8 Year old

Beauty Possibilities within a Christian Context

Letters from a Skeptic – 1-3 of 30

Religiously Kinky

Book Exchange Report 1

Religionists vs naturalists

Secular Law and Commandments

Bountiful is Canada’s Emerging Jonestown

Senior asks to die with dignity

Existential Universe 2

Polyamory vs Polygamy

Federation Rules

Curious Compassion

Secular World Realization

Christianity vs America

BC Court Upholds Polygamy Ban

The Individual as the Social Unit of Consequence

Book Exchange with Experiment in Religion

This is what’s fucked up with religion

Throwing Herod Over the Western Wall

Pastor waits for Marriage Equality

Xena: Season Two

Collective Psychological Wellness

Xena and Gabrielle (Season One)

Marriage vs Polygamy

An historic Long View

Break it Down – Canada should welcome Gay Immigrants

Spirit Level: Equality is Better

Details, Always Details

Why Canada Rules

Why Not Fix It Now

12 Steps of Religious Anonymous

Monotheism vs Pantheism

There is a Reason for Everything

Right to Die in BC Court

Conformity and Sacrifice

Rick Oops Perry forgets speaking points

Never too Late to undo Injustice

Moral Morality

An Experiment in Books

Personhood, Innocent depending

The Cost of Acceptance

What Mr. Smartypants said…

The New Mormon Campaign

Prolife and Prodeath Debated

Atheist Myths Busted

Scientology’s Personality Test

Balance of Evidence

Christmas or Marriage

Intellectually retarded and mentally deficient

Buddhist Jokes

Believers, “Atheists” and actual atheists

Religious Family Values

Romney Christian Controversy

Top 10 Scary Religious Right Quotes

Second Time for Second Coming

Canada’s Mosaic

Does the West Envy the East?

Did you Know? (US Constitution)

Bigotry and Bullying

Creationism

Religious Baskin Robbins

Discriminating Business

No Religious Test for Office

Need to be Told (Bountiful in tax court)

Life – A Quality vs Quantity Matter

New Age

Intuitive Thinking and God

America the Reservation

religion as a syndrome

Another reason why we can’t talk

True Fallacy

Living on a human Scale – Star Trek Style

Charge the Pope

Post 9/11 Thoughts

9/11 by Atheist Eve

Religionophobia

How to Known When…

Interconnected Meaning

Getting Skeptical about Woo Juice…

No More…

There be monsters, but who makes them?

Adaptive Humans and Cognitive Dissonance

I Don’t Know What to Believe Anymore

Florida Lawsuit for retaliation against Atheist

You know it’s Wrong – a Guide to Religion

Coatless Canadians Back in Canada

Elvis and Lenny Bruce

The Non-Religious

Book Review: Year of Living Biblically

Best Gay Marriage Protest Signs

Coatless Canadians in the Inside Passage

Coatless Canadians in Ketchican

Atheist Stories

Existential Angst and Non-Self

Abortion

Stop Coddling the Rich

Religion is a conspiracy theory

Coatless Canadians in Alaska

Who’s to Bless and Who’s to Blame

Forgiveness

Uttering Threats of God

Everybody Needs Somebody…to look down on

Catharsis

Imposing Your Will Upon Others

Freedom of Expression

Chilling

Building Meaning from Conflict

Trauma, Religion, Secular Law and Politics

Globally Competitive

Language Expresses Culture

A Christian Asks “What’s your take on Creation?”

Everyone’s an Atheist of some magnitude

God Authority

Dividing the nation by God

Question of Life and Death

Life is Meaningful because it’s finite

God and Physics

When is racism not racism?

Brief Thought on Existence and the Meaning of Life

Authenticity

A-Ha

Outing Politicians vs Celebrities

Irony Meters

Christians Make me Dizzy

Leveraging Pascal’s Wager

Inequality Begins with Heaven and Hell

The Pope and Hippies

Bliss

Evil

Religion is a thin veneer

self worth

It takes religion…

Post Rapture

Common Good vs Greater Good

Rapture contract

A Skeptic’s Arguement For Free Will

Blind Patriotism and Religionism

Path of Least Resistance

Addiction and Personal Responsibility

Civil War 2.0

advancement of rights

Unstoppable and Unmoveable

With All Due Respect

Why did God create evil? (via 500 Questions)

Spirituality vs Religion revisited

Canada Election

Onward Christian Soldiers – March off to War

Zombilicious

How to Stop Holding Yourself Back

Hat Trick on Religion

Why Nonbelievers and believers can’t talk to each other

US Civil War Rages On

An Existential Universe

Patriotism – a US v Canada Debate

Leaders and Dictators

Sacrilicious!

Freedom of Speech and Religion

Atheism is to religion as rehab is to addiction

Melting Pots and Mosaics

Game Changers

Who really benefits from abortion clinics?

Coming Out Atheist

Marriage: Keeping It Yours

Elvis: not a rebel, but had a cause

An Evergreen Guide for Undecided Voters

How Individuals bring social change

The problem with Common Sense

Perception of Open mindedness

Who’s in control of heaven?

Topix Adventures 1

But Are Things Really Permissable?

Relgion and the Social Contract

Liberating Libya?

Cost of Ignorance

Mocking Religion

The Safe Word is Atheist

Traitor?

RE-Thinking Elvis

Placebo Reality

Grand Unification Theory of Everything

One Nation, Many Gods

Godbots and Grief II

2010

Bible is Best Proof Of Being Fiction

The C Word

The Season is the Reason

Biblical Archeology

Why Believe

Military Asks Senate to Repeal DADT

Atheist in the Electric Chair

Atheist World

Religious Authority

Sex

Theist Vs Agnostic

Atheist is not a pejorative

Resurrected

New Atheists vs New Gays

Legal Prostitution is Coming to Canada

Canada’s Prince of Pot

Burning the Other Side

The Burnings Continue

Funny Things About The Religious Righteous

If You Say it Loud and Often Enough…

Faith is Belief Absent of Proof

Virginity vs Virginity

To Breed Or Not To Breed

Vatican and Sex Scandals

Criminal vs Religious Organizations

What good has Christianity done?

Why I am not a believer

For the Greater Good…

The Good Ol’Days

Book Review: Pocket Guide to the Afterlife

Hate Speech and Crimes

The Fallen and Their Family Values

Terrible Pope

Buybull Cherry Picking II

Which Rule Is It?

Religious v Spiritual

Poem by P Smith

Best religion?

Children die while the G8 Fiddles

Boobquake

Belief and Medical Treatment

Certainty in the Uncertain

If Atheism is a religion, then….

Idle Idols

Because we can’t always choose..not..to kill..today

Pedo Priests and 12 steps

where do morals come from?

Exchanging religious opinions with respect

Disasters, politics and religion

Brains, Sense of Self, Coma Patients and Intentions

Trolls, Sock Puppets and Godbots

What’s moral anyway?

Purpose of (Capitol L) Life

Respect the right to but not the belief

Scaritual makes sense

unequal footing

2009

Elvis the new religion

Imposing Morals

Open or Closed

new atheists

Does discrimination lead to becoming a terrorist?

Certainty

Creationism

religion is force of evil

Open Minded

Why are Believers intellectually dishonest?

True Believers

A Country’s leader should not be Evangelical

isn’t hypocrisy  of the believers, proof of no god?

Death Panels

Atheist Gardening

the afterlife

Are people of the religious right insecure?

Atheist Cartoon links

Cherry Picking the Bible

6 thoughts on “Naturalism

  1. I like how you shift the focus from not believing in a religion (which is essentially supernatural, to follow your trend), to believing in what is in fact natural. it definitely creates a solid argument against blind faith.

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