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COULD A CHRISTIAN BE AN ATHEIST?

This book is deliberately provocative. It challenges the idea that religious beliefs and practices are ‘divinely inspired’ and argues that all religion is the product of human minds. It proposes that through Quantum Physics there may be coming together of Science and Religion for the benefit of both.

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ISBN:  978-1-921574-00-9     
Format: A5 Paperback
Number of pages: 88
Genre: Non Fiction - Religion
 

 


Author: Neville Ross
Publisher: Zeus Publications
Date Published: 2009
Language: English

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AUTHOR PROFILE 

The author has had a highly successful and varied career as human relations consultant and counsellor, pastor, preacher and overseas aid administrator. He has represented the government and the non-government sectors at international meetings and was a member of a Ministerial Advisory Council. Now retired, he continues to be available to community organisations in a voluntary capacity.

He lists among the most satisfying of his experiences, the time spent with organisations working at the grassroots in developing countries and learning from ‘the poorest of the poor’

Introduction

 

Before the Common Era, the term atheos indicated a separation from the traditional gods, whereas in early Christian times its use, especially in respect of the Christian – Hellenist debate, was to accuse the ‘other’ side of godlessness. The pejorative use of the term dominated until it began to be used by those who rejected belief in a supernatural being.

Some of the ambiguity and controversy involved in defining atheism arises from difficulty in reaching a consensus for the definitions of words like deity and god. The vastly different concepts of God led to differing ideas regarding the applicability of the term. In contexts where theism is defined as the belief in a singular personal god, for example, people who believe in a variety of other deities may be classified as atheists, which doesn’t seem quite accurate or fair.

And while some see agnosticism as a form of weak atheism, most agnostics see their view as distinct from atheism. Some popular authors, such as Richard Dawkins, prefer distinguishing theist, atheist and agnostic positions by the probability assigned to the statement ‘God exists’. Yes, no or maybe?

On its website covering a recent discussion on atheism, the BBC lists the following as practical types of atheism: Humanism; Secularism; Rationalism; Atheistic Buddhism; Humanistic Judaism; Christian Atheism; Postmodernism and Unitarian Universalism.

While it is evident that these groupings represent very different approaches, this paper narrows the question to the two sides of just one issue. Are our belief systems the result of the intervention of a supernatural being from beyond this universe? If not, are our beliefs born in our own minds nourished by what we draw from the whole of man’s evolutionary history for their inspiration? If that is so, are we not atheists?

Speaking Personally 

The reason I believe in a personal god is really quite simple. I have only recently realised that the god I have grown old with is my own creation. True, lots of people contributed to the formation of my god especially when I was very young. Through the years I have heard many people speak about their gods as though their god was the only one. But the way they have described their god has seemed to me to be so unbelievable and sometimes so grotesque that I have been forced to retreat from their god as one with whom I wish to have no close association.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the main reason many people claim to have no god is because none that they have so far encountered have been found sufficiently attractive. The atheists are right. There isn’t a big ‘god’ out there of which we can all take a piece. The only piece I can get a hold on is the one I make for myself. My god is bigger than I am and better than I am because my god is, in a way, my ideal self; what I would be like if I could be better and bigger in every way than I am.

I like to think that my god is the kind of god that Jesus would believe in if his god was being shaped by his experience of the modern world. And that makes sense to me because the teachings of Jesus are what still contribute most to my idea of what my ideal self should be.

But don’t imagine for a moment that I am talking down my god or your god either for that matter. My god is incredibly powerful. How powerful, I am only just beginning to understand. My god is not limited as I am by the restrictions of my physical being. Through the mysteries of the ‘quantum’ world I am linked with the energies of the universe. This god that I have made for myself has taught me how to pray and how to move mountains in ways that are not dissimilar to the ways that are practiced in a great number of organised religious groups.

One of the chief advantages I have found since I realised that I could choose for myself the kind of god I wanted, is that I don’t have to share the prejudices that seem to attach to other people’s gods. Naturally, I have my own prejudices but now they are there to be overcome because my god doesn’t support prejudice nor does my god support a lot of the other residuals that my less-than-ideal self still has to deal with.

Lately, I’ve been learning that I have to listen more to what my heart is saying and that my heart energy is a big part of how my consciousness is formed. I’ve been realising more and more what a wonderful world is out there waiting to be explored or is it in there waiting to be discovered. Lately, I’ve been experiencing a new sense of oneness with the people that are my nearest and dearest, simply because of the lines of communication that are possible through the energies of the heart. These are among the energies of the quantum world that are not limited by time and place in the ways of our more ‘normal’ communication.

People who have found ‘a god they can believe in’, in one of the groups that exist for this purpose, won’t be too interested in hearing about my god. But what I want to say to the people who are still looking is, “Go inside yourself. Talk to the deep place within. That’s where your best thoughts and your noblest dreams are. Get to know the wonder that is you.”

And if you belong to a religious group with a god you believe in, be assured that your god is one your group has made for itself. All of our gods have evolved through a process which may have had its beginning in one of the world’s great religions but what you believe is distilled through life experience and the impact of history to reach its present form. How else can we explain the various forms of Christianity or Islam or any other world religion?

The biggest surprise has been to find that there are a lot of people out there who have quite consciously done the same as I have. That finally dawned on me when I came across scientists who talk about God in what sounded a very traditional way and I thought that can’t be so – scientists aren’t that dumb. But when I looked more closely I found they had made a god for themselves, in fact a whole lot of different gods.

One of them is Dr. Candace Pert who is an internationally recognised pharmacologist. She has published over 250 scientific articles on peptides and their receptors and the role of these neuropeptides in the immune system. Dr. Pert has also lectured worldwide on these and other subjects, including her theories on emotions and mind-body communication.

She writes, “.... in my new book, I talk about a ‘new spirituality’ that has nothing to do with the Church, but is grounded in more mystical roots. The god I embrace is within me and within us all, manifesting as our oneness, our love and our power. I dare to say that there is a bio-molecular basis for these qualities and experiences, and that when we are in these states of consciousness, we feel good...we sense a field that is mysterious, theoretical and undetectable by the scientific method I still passionately embrace. And we can use this field of infinite possibilities or God (as I prefer) to make our dreams come true in a dance totally consistent with the laws of science!”

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