Atheist, Agnostic, Deist, Spiritualist: Love

dreamstime_8445313testI know I am not an atheist.  To say that God doesn’t exist is like saying God does exist  I mean in terms of rational logic and scientific proof.  Enough people have tried and failed for me to regard the debate as entertainment. I do know that both the rational and non-rational exist.

Take a novel like Moby Dick.  Reason and rationality are not Captain Ahab’s best traits. A huge white whale is not an evil.  Yet Moby Dick is full of truth and falsehood, brotherhood and hate — pretty much empirical realities of this world.  The clash of both, too, is real.  Compulsive obsession is there, too.

The agnostic takes no stand regarding the existence of God, neither denies or affirms.  In the terms of mere reason I can buy this view.  Don’t presume to know where logical knowing is impossible.  The deist and his notion that God made a clock, wound it up, set it on a shelf and then walked off is fiction.  One can believe in a fiction. Fiction can tell the truth.

In a non-institutional sense spirituality works best for me — so long as I don’t turn it into an -ism.  There’s plenty of spirituality in every major religion of the world, plenty of spirit in art where music, poetry, painting, and fiction can evoke awe and wonder, beauty and sublimity.  They can lift us to the very brink of belief in Something beyond our material world.  It’s here that I go to Keats and his idea of Negative Capability, the idea that all we need to know is truth, beauty.  But we must not force either into some simple notion given us by fact and reason alone or some dogma.  And that means science, too.  We shouldn’t worship Imagination either.  Best to listen to the heart and keep our wits about us.  What’s more irrational than Love?

Steadfast and cautious,

David Milliken

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David Milliken has been a life-long, incurable English Major currently serving as Marketing VP for Lawyer-Agents.com and 4Inc.com, a provider of registered agents, incorporation services and LLC's and trademarks. Prior to that he was a professional chamber of commerce executive for chambers in Ohio, New York and Kansas. Other work includes community college PR, brick sales and community/economic development He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Idaho State University(M.A.) He attended Kansas State University for more English studies. He has not been a butcher, baker nor candlestick maker, but he has taught English and run for political office. David Milliken is an author aspiring to become a published one.

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