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I am probably a small 'c' christian, in that I accepted many of the values of my parents. As a child, I could hardly resist ;-)

Those values were and are: hard creative work, fairness, honesty, helpfulness, respect, tolerance, inquisitiveness and a sense of humour (very important in our home, as in many). Both my parents were churchgoers and I sang in the church choir of St John the Baptist.

I've grown up to be an atheist. None of my family ever questioned that because (see previous list). I didn't quite understand and thus was not able to explain my atheism fully until I discovered self-organizing systems. Life is emergent, and it stops when the system decays or is damaged beyond repair. There is no homunculus, nor any need for one.

This short-termism absolutely does not detract from my inspirations from the act of living now. I feel only privileged to be alive, even while knowing it will end - permanently.

The only immortality I can hope for is that some people will remember me as a good person. It won't matter what people think of me because I won't know - but the last bit of 'belief' left in me hopes that it would be so.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Aug 30th, 2012 at 11:17:23 AM EST
So similar to what Pullman calls himself: "Church of England Atheist".
by Number 6 on Fri Aug 31st, 2012 at 08:10:20 AM EST
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