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Can someone be theist and atheist?

You know, like of someone were to believe in evolution, the big bang, and stuff, but still believe there was a transcendent element to reality. If someone were to view everything in nature as part of one interconnected whole or that we are all part of one unfolding and evolving reality.

Also if someone were to think that ‘sins’ can create hell by manifesting themselves in the external reality. Like, if human were to keep living as greedy and selfish at the pace they are now, what will become of the world? If we keep tearing down forests, building nuclear weapon, and letting millions starve. The seven deadly sins make sense to me, but so does science. How do I know which to follow? Why do science and spiritual have to contradict? Would it be against science to believe that if humans were to fill their hearts with love for all creatures and nature as a whole, then over time we will stop identifying as the self and start identifying with the whole of nature. Once you identify yourself with the whole of existence, rather than the ego, then death no longer exists. Maybe this is what the fall and separation from god in the bible means. That man has misidentified itself as something separate from nature.

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  • Serious answer:

    Yes. There are PLENTY of people in 12-Step programs who are atheists but who have a “higher power” which is not necessarily God.

    The “higher power” can be the group, the Program, the 12 Steps, the 12 Promises, or *anything* which is greater than oneself (the group *is* greater than oneself; so are the Steps and the Program).

    In the 15 years I was active in Al-Anon, I knew *plenty* of people who had wonderful relationships with their “higher power” who were absolutely committed atheists. My first higher power was my “higher parent” (since my home life growing up was really awful and at the time I wanted nothing to do with Christianity); and I graduated to the 12 Promises which gave me hope for a better life to come (which did happen, by the way!).

    I also sponsored one person whose “higher power” was an orange and another person whose “higher power” was a stained glass window. We get to choose what that higher power is, just as long as it is greater than ourselves.

  • Just because someone believes in evolution it does not mean they are an atheist. In the US, over 70% of people who accept evolutionary science also believe in God.

  • You can still be a theist and believe in the big bang and evolution. If you believe in a god you are a theist, if you do not you are an atheist. End of story.

  • i think that’s being spiritual 😉 a theist believes that some kind of superior being exists–an atheist lacks belief in them. so it’s not possible to be both…

  • Sorry but No. If you understand that evolution is reality (and it is after all) then you’d be intelligent enough to know that there is NO “transcendent” element to reality. There is, after all, ZERO proof of this claim.

    So the answer is; No, it’s not possible.

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