Alternative to Theism

First I quote Buddhist nun Pema Chodron:

The difference between theism and non-theism is not whether one does or does not believe in God. It is an issue that applies to everyone, including Buddhists and non-Buddhists. Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there’s some hand to hold: if we just do the right things, someone will appreciate us and take care of us … From this point of view, theism is an addiction. We’re all addicted to hope… Non-theism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves … In a non-theistic state of mind, abandoning hope is an affirmation, the beginning of the beginning.

Compare the attitude attributed to Genghis Khan by Conn Iggulden in his series of novels on Genghis:

There is no greater joy than knowing there is no help coming. The decision is ours to make alone.

Sometimes it’s nice to hold out hope for God; sometimes it’s a relief to jettison all baggage.


You may thank bkMarcus for alerting me to Pema Chodron’s existence. And, shame on me, without him I had no consciousness of several important antecedents to my own thinking: Proudhon and Benjamin Tucker for example. Mikhail Bakunin I knew, but not this quote:
If God existed, it would be necessary to abolish him

2010 11 12 I love Christian theology, but I despise any theology, any cosmology, having a monopoly. We’re supersaturated with Christian theology: any other set of ideas can be a relief. Here’s a neat related statement:

There is no greater joy than knowing there is no help coming.
The decision is ours to make alone.
Conn Iggulden, Lords of the Bow
Genghis Khan series


So funny: this post nearly duplicates one I put at pkTheo blog a year or two back: Theism.

I’ve gotta merge a couple of other notes too.

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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