MORE musings on Atheism…
Posted by shiduri on August 6, 2006
I’ve been getting some powerful responses to my “Musings on Athiesm” post… (Good old http://www.myspace.com is a great way for
spewing sharing thoughts and feelings on the internet) While some friends have disagreed with me, their responses have been warm, supportive, and loving. One message, however, was pretty callous, and made me angry…
Just because you don’t believe in the jewish religion doesn’t mean you are an athiest. Athiesm is, like all religions, a unprovable theory. Agnostic is a better word. And I don’t know much about Judaism, but the fact that you can drop out so quick (and publically advertising your descent no less) tells me that your belief was somewhat weak anyway.
Death is a part of life. Focusing on the pain and loss is not a worthwhile use of thought. I think it’s time for you to move on, and thats exactly what they were saying at the funeral.
And judaism is larger than believes and funeral ceremonies. It’s also a greater social and ethical code to life. You can never rinse that away from the person you are.
After reading that charming message on myspace, I feel it necessary to clarify that I whole-heartedly embrace the cultural, social, and ethical spirit of Judaism — Trust me, I am (and will always be) a proud Member of this ever-questioning, diverse Tribe of perpetual rabble-rousers….
My faith has always in flux — From dancing naked under the orange tree in the backyard during my ‘Wiccan years’ to embracing Taoist teachings, my thoughts and feelings on religion and G’d have been part of my struggle to make sense of an unsettling world. But no matter what I chose to believe (or not believe) I have always seen myself as being first and foremost, a Jew. For me, (and for many many MANY others) being “Jewish” transcends the religion … After all, the name “Israel” (as in The People of Israel) means “one who struggles with G’d,” and this highlights the very combatively contemplative essence of being Jewish. Questioning the religion, and questioning G’ds existence (while not recommended in Biblical times!), is part of the nature of our People.
Lastly, I’d like to add that according to the omniscient and omnipotent Wikipedia, an ‘Athiest Jew’ is NOT a contradiction in terms… SO THERE! HA! 🙂