Are Atheists able to answer questions on Spiritual Philosophy?

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    Why wouldn't they be.

    Many of them are well read and quite intelligent.

  • you don't have to believe in god to have read and intellectually imbibed the bible. i know athiests that could be considered authorities on scripture. they are experts in spirituality the same way someone is an expert on literary fiction. even though its not real, literary fiction has messages and intent and subtext that are understood by its scholars.

    so if we apply that to any kind of bible, then an athiest who is well read and studied would have no problem discussing themes intent and subtext that exist in the books.

    one could even argue that since athiests aren't confined by a belief system, they would have a fuller, rounder understanding of the philosophies. sometimes an increased perspective will allow a person to notice details that someone with limited perspective might not notice.

    take for example a person standing in a house. in front of him is the TV and the coffee table and remote. a person looking into the house through a window will notice the the tv and coffee table, and the person in the house and the spider on the ceiling.

    that's the kind of increased perspective an athiest can add to a discussion of spiritual philosophy.

  • 8 years ago

    Everyone is theoretically able to answer questions on Spiritual Philosophy.

  • 8 years ago

    Why shouldn't they? Atheist or not, we're all on a spiritual or "whatever" path of our own. Whether one is an atheist or not, does not mean their opinion, thoughts, philosophies, etc. are invalid. Listening to all beliefs and philosophies, no matter spiritual or religious or not, gives one a well-rounded understanding of humankind.

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  • Nous
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Why do you not know what an atheist is‽

    ATHEIST - someone who does not believe in a God – any God – not just the Christian one. But that does not mean they do not hold strong moral or religious beliefs! They can follow any religion that does not have a god and there are a lot of those!

    Like BUDDHISM – Religious teaching from Buddha and his followers that by destroying greed, hatred and delusion (the cause of all suffering) man can attain perfect enlightenment!

    Where do you think Christianity got it's ideas of a soul and afterlife from for goodness sake?

    They stole it from the pagan tribes and peoples which existed hundreds and thousands of years before Christianity!

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Are we talking about spiritual as in spirits and the ethereal or are we talking about humanity and the human condition? The two are very much different, though I often see people using the word spiritual to denote humanity, amity, and crap like that.

    I suppose the answer is yes on both accounts. Atheists could know just as much about spirits and the ethereal as someone who believes in them... actually I suppose an atheist could believe in spirits and the ethereal if they don't pertain to a god. For example, I understand what it is like to be a Christian and a theist as I used to be one. Someone may not take my word for it, but that hardly matters. I could certainly fool people into thinking I was a Christian as I understand that way of thinking and reasoning. One does not need to believe to understand, as it goes for many things in life and not just things pertaining to gods/religion/spirituality.

  • 8 years ago

    Sure, why not?

    Atheism has nothing to do with spiritual things, only gods... they can be spiritual and even members of religions...

    IMHO

  • 8 years ago

    Depends what you mean by "Spiritual" and "Philosophy"

    Source(s): BA Hons Psychology, BA (OU) Philosophy, Therapist and counsellor, teacher of meditation
  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    We could pull answers out of our *** with no evidence supporting it like the theists do, if you want?

    In my humbly 100% correct opinion, Philosophy is nothing more than mental masturbation.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Sure... like some humans are able to answer questions in the cats' section ;)

    ~

  • 8 years ago

    Only if I did not go ashore the night before the Day of Questioning.

    Source(s): Dog Nose
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