So, I don’t deny the existence of the supernatural as I don’t know if the supernatural exists or not; I just don’t believe that it does. From my reasoning, I would need to be omniscient to know if the supernatural existed and I would need to be omniscient to know that it didn’t exist. I am not all-knowing, so I don’t know. I just don’t believe that it exists.
There are a variety of positions available for someone who doesn’t believe in supernatural explanations or causes for the universe.
- They may not know.
- They may not care.
- They may not believe.
- Or, they may suggest that the universe, like believers do with their god, has always existed.
One thing I do try to avoid , which I don't think believers do, is the anthropomorphism either the universe or any possible cause for it. I don’t assume that it thinks like me, or that I think like it. I don’t assume that it can think at all. I don’t assume that it has a mind in the sense that human beings recognize the attributes or properties of a mind.
I am simply not convinced that a mind, as we would know it, can exist outside the material world. Theists, of course, base their worldview on the concept that a mind DOES exist outside the material world. That there is a mind that requires no matter with which to function. That it is incorporeal and eternal and they call this mind by various names and believe that it is their duty to worship it or them. Not only is it their duty to worship it, but it is their duty to make everyone worship it. (Replace “it” with your god or gods of preference.) Do the gods think like gods or do they think like us? The answer for an atheist is that they think like us and therefore this is a strong indication of the origin of god concepts.
There is a certain amount of awe that non-believers can and do experience when contemplating the universe, but it isn’t the kind of awe or reverence that a theist may feel when contemplating what they believe to be their "god’s creation." I can wonder at the mystery and magnitude of the universe without any desire to worship either the universe, or any supposed reason for its existence. I accept that it is. I also accept that it exists and that no supernatural explanation is necessary to explain either its existence or mine. In fact, I think the universe and the natural world makes much more sense without the human concept of a god overlaying the processes of the natural world.
The Galaxy Song - Monty Python (an oldie but a goodie)
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