I know some of you are atheists but not metaphysical naturalists. I'm wondering how that works, because my atheism is founded on my metaphysical naturalism.
Message Posted: Jun 15, 2011 4:42:38 PM
I was religious into my early adulthood, but one key part of my deconversion was realizing that if you accept that there's a supernatural world--that is, a world which cannot be observed from our natural world--you have no way of excluding any particular assertion about it. If I believe there are supernatural phenomena, how do I vet any proposition about them? Why believe in one god and not another? Why believe in a god but not karma or reincarnation or fairies?
I found it enlightening and liberating to realize I could safely assume away the supernatural world because, as Christopher Hitchens later wrote, "What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." No god to figure out, and in fact, a whole (putative) world of complications I could ignore. Great!
But clearly, if you're an atheist, and yet you believe supernatural things or forces exist, you found a way to exclude a supernatural god as one of the supernatural things or forces. How did you do that?