December 14, 2010
Way Beyond Atheism: God Does Not (Not) Exist
Why Richard Dawkins is a fundamentalist, and why most atheists reject far too little
By Paul Wallace
Last year I delivered a presentation at a nearby college about science and faith. I spoke of my attraction to so-called negative, or apophatic, theology. This theology is more prominent in the Eastern churches, but is definitely present in the West as well, and builds on more conventional theology by breaking it down in a systematic series of negations. It may sound strange—that it builds by negation—but that’s an important paradox.
After the presentation a fellow near the front raised his hand and asked how this theology is different from atheism. I was taken aback, but not because his question offended me. Instead, it struck me just how well the questioner had understood what I had said. I fumbled around a bit, hardly knowing what to tell him. I escaped with some cryptic-sounding remark like, This theology is beyond atheism. I meant it when I said it, although I didn’t understand it at the time. But I do now.
…read on (It’s worth your while) at http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/atheologies/3820/way_beyond_atheism%3A_god_does_not_%28not%29_exist/