El Coyote Gordo (supergee) wrote,
El Coyote Gordo

The other side

A while back Scott Alexander linked to and agreed with one Frederik deBoer, who defined himself as an atheist because he does not believe in “a supernatural entity that created the universe, has absolute dominion over the universe, dictates the meaning of good and evil, and sorts people into one pile or the other.” By that definition, I am an atheist, but so are many people who define themselves as theists, including some who are ordained as such. Theism is more complicated than that.

I wonder if I am making the same sort of mistake in the opposite direction. To me, materialists are people who believe that the human spirit is nothing more than a natural process or product of the body, which I cannot distinguish from saying that it is produced in essentially the same way as methane at the other end. Am I missing something?
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