On Atheist Paganism:
I recently joined a Pagan group on Linkedin. Since much of my work contains Pagan themes and explores the world from a Pagan perspective, I thought it would be a good idea to reach Pagan readers and to get to know and network with more Pagans.
In my introduction I introduced myself, said I was a writer who was working on her début novel Beyond the Mist, that it contained Pagan elements and that I considered myself to be a Atheist Pagan. All well and good. I got a lovely warm welcome from one of the members who asked me about being an Atheist using the quote ‘there is one god; there are many gods; there are no gods’.
I thought about it for a couple of minutes and here is the response I gave:
I think people see the world as it fits the ideology that they believe in. In the broadest sense then, there is one god, many gods, there are no gods depending on your philosophy. As one who adores the rigour of scientific enquiry and the rationalism of intellectual deduction, I can not concede that there can be a god or gods without proof presented to me to support that theory. That does not mean that I would limit or seek in any way restrict the rights of others to follow their beliefs, nor restrict the right of atheists to challenge those beliefs.
It is a tautological question in many ways because we will answer with what we believe to be true and state its truth because it is our belief.
But as the great comedian Dave Allen once said ‘May your god go with you’. One, many none? An unprovable question, but always one worth asking.
I find my spirituality nurtured by the divine I see in everything around me, in the wonder of the universe, in the beauty of nature, the changing of the seasons, in the kindness of others. To me, being at one with and knowing I am one tiny element of the greater universe is to converse with the divine. In that sense perhaps describing oneself as an Atheist Pagan is oxymoronic, since I do convene with the divine but the divine is not supernatural.