(RNS) Judaism without God? Yes, say American atheists

Posted by Kendall Harmon

For an atheist, Maxim Schrogin talks about God a lot.

Over lunch at a Jewish deli, he ponders the impulse to believe — does it come from within or without? Why does God permit suffering? Finally, he pulls out a flowchart he made showing degrees of belief, which ranges from unquestioning faith to absolute atheism. He stabs the paper with his pen.

"This is where I fall," he said. "Zero."

Read it all.

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Posted September 28, 2011 at 6:35 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Timothy Fountain wrote:

Nothing new or surprising.  This facet of Judaism has been around as long as there have been Jews.  “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Ps. 14) seems directed as much at the internal corruption of the Covenant people as at the surrounding nations. 

This is the kind of resume padding we can expect to keep up the “growth of atheism” narrative.  “Behold!  We’ve discovered many nominally religious people who are actually atheists!”  Haven’t they ever sat in on church board meetings or conventions?

September 28, 9:01 am | [comment link]
2. Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

I think this is why Jesus was known to have said, “God can raise up these stones to be children of Abraham.”

September 28, 1:34 pm | [comment link]
3. Teatime2 wrote:

Agree. You can be a “cultural” anything. That’s nothing new. I think it’s especially comfortable to be a cultural Jew because of the very real and poignant shared history and existence of Israel, which can make Jewishness a nationality as well as an ethnicity, religion, and culture.

September 28, 2:29 pm | [comment link]
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