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Silent3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-03-08 10:30 AM
Response to Reply #160
221. Utterly and completely wrong
Most atheists are far, far more comfortable with real mystery than religious and "spiritual" believers of all stripes.

"Mystery" means something not known. "Mystery" does not mean filling in what you don't know with angels, demons, deities, psychic vibrations, etc., etc. Truly appreciating real mystery might start with considering all such things, but it ends before embracing a particular set of imaginative but unprovable and unlikely answers and then leading your life as if the superstitions you decide to latch onto are true.

Most atheists don't absolutely reject those things, but they do consider most of the supernatural fancies that people often use to fill the void of our knowledge to be incredible unlikely answers. Embracing superstition, far from being a sign of accepting mystery, is much more a symptom of fearing real mystery, being afraid to live without answers to your questions, being afraid to live without the sense of control that often accompanies believing you've found some of the answers that you seek.

What seems to get a lot of non-atheists riled up is not what atheists claim to know, but that they have the gall to say that what many believers claim to know probably isn't true. How dismissing the imaginative fancies of others gets so confused with "everything is knowable and predictable" I haven't a clue, but it certainly is a common misapprehension.
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