Atheist to Agnostic By Way of Buddhism

for most of my life I was an atheist.   I grew up much interested in science and testing things out for myself.  Then I went overseas and saw things differently.   I was exposed to a wider world beyond the largely Christian worldview that I had been exposed to and rebelled against.  Then I became agnostic, and am now very interested in Buddhism. I wouldn't say I am a practicing Buddhist in that I don't have an alter, and I don't meditate consistently.  I do meditate on occassion.   to me it is more about being mindful of one's perceptions and how one reacts to those perceptions/changes in the world.

McAvoy McAvoy
22-25, M
7 Responses Mar 19, 2009

To me it is more about being mindful of one's perceptions and how one reacts to those perceptions/changes in the world. ;-) <br />
One of the main points.

I agree especially since some definitions of atheism<br />
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are 1) Disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or Gods and <br />
2) The doctrine that there is no God or Gods.<br />
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for me I think it is more the first definition as that is closer to a person's individual choice on the matter.

I always thought agnosticism could be viewed as a form of suspended judgment... regarding what one believes in terms of God, goddesses, afterlife, is there a soul et cetera. does one need to make a decision when they're 5 years old, 15, years old or 55 yrs old regarding these questions. if we're going to have some sort fo a conversation regarding our life and our actions and choices at the Pearly Gates w/ god supposedly and if god is eternal and everlasting as opposed to us; what's the rush.

You're right it doesn't make sense. I had assumed agnosticism was an uncertainty between religions, it seems that I was wrong. I guess we're all agnostics.

This group title doesn't make a lot of sense. The only time a person couldn't be described by at least one of those labels is when they're dead.

exactly. I see it more as a way of percieving the world in a questioning way rather than just blindly accepting what Christian and Mormon bible thumpers walk around the world telling people

It's good that you've found some good in their teachings but I would advise against devoting your life to it. Devotion to strict and unchangable values negates progress. Remember to try and think for yourself every once and a while.