I recall reading a letter to the editor sometime ago where the writer sympathized with non believers. He talked of them being unable to enjoy beautiful music because its source was somehow Christian. He said Christian art was superior to any other and non believers are left on the outside. Most of all, he wrote, atheists are deprived of the mystery provided by religious life.
I thought of that letter this evening while listening to Public Radio’s Krista Tippett. Her program, On Being, features interviews with writers and personalities, most often focusing on spiritual ideas. She is especially animated about the variety of spiritual concepts of her guests.
For the most part, I find atheists void of spiritual concepts. Instead of questions without answers being attributed to spiritual beings, unknowns are simply questions not yet answered.
But, unknowns interest and generate as much energy and curiosity as spiritual beings. This is true, not only about questions of the origin of life, but of the nature of the human mind. While believers do not attribute their spiritual being to their minds, nonbelievers suspect that is where it resides.
If is true the spiritual realm is the product of a creative mind, this is indeed more interesting than the being itself. That the being exists and what it says or does is not nearly as interesting as that the mind can create it.
That some minds apparently create this being while others take a pass will fascinate atheists for generations to come.
P.S. Buy tickets to Zeteticon coming soon in September. More at GreatPlainsAtheists.org