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Losing my religion

I think it was marphilly who asked if I'm a practicing Catholic again.

Well, I'm a practicing something, but I don't know what. For instance, this quote from Buddhist monk Pema Chodron summarizes how I'm feeling about God right now:

"The difference between theism and nontheism is not whether one does or does not believe in God.[...] Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there's some hand to hold [...] Non-theism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves [...] Nontheism is finally realizing there is no babysitter you can count on."

It's from a book called "When Things Fall Apart" and I think I'm going to have to track it down. Things did fall apart, and while at first I came away atheistic, I'm now happy with the word nontheistic.

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fabricdragon
Feb. 28th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
i think also a lot fo people....... well. they just like ritual and habit. Catholicism scertainly has that.....

mind you. your talking to a convert so i tend to be a bit more huzzah! about it all......

the Rosary is just too cool, in my personal opinion.
crocotiger
Feb. 28th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
If 'no babysitter' is the main word, I agree with you and that estimable monk. God is not a babysitter. He is a parent, id est creator and ruler.
kishiriadgr
Feb. 28th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Both the monk and I respectfully disagree. God is (in our opinion) not a parent, not a creator, not a ruler. God is not.

I read Thich Nhat Hanh's book on prayer. He doesn't believe in a personal god either (most Buddhists don't) and the answer to the question, "What is God?" is more or less, "Don't worry about it. Enjoy your tea."
crocotiger
Feb. 28th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
I see you like ideas of Buddhism. Me too :)

Speaking of Buddhism, have you ever read any novels by Victor Pelevin? He is modern popular Russian writer, and as far as I know there are good English translations of his books. Pelevin manages to blend rather deep and clever ideas and good humour in his novels and short stories.
kishiriadgr
Feb. 28th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
Nope, haven't heard of him, but I'll take a look at the library.
hagazusa
Feb. 28th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
Ceiling Cat will protect you from Basement Cat!!!
fireincarnation
Feb. 28th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
It was a deeply rewarding experience for me to let go of my prior beliefs and swim a bit in the sea of what if's, and I am very satisfied with where my journey has brought me. I hope your experience is similarly beneficial, and that your spiritual journey is rich and fulfilling, whether you chose to believe in god(s) or not.
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