Already, I am revealing a kind of neo-paganism that hardcore rationalist will find unacceptable. But they find most human things unacceptable. For me, not believing in God does not mean one has to forgo poetry, magic, the chaos of ritual, the remaking of shared bonds. I fear ultra-orthodox atheism has come to resemble a rigid and patriarchal faith itself.
In this piece, Suzanne Moore cleanly articulates a lot of my motivation for the religion project. I am a lover of science and rational thought, but I am equally a child of poetry and symbolism. To feel like a complete person, I personally need a bit of both approaches.
Why Non-Believers Need Rituals Too by Suzanne Moore