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Please note: The goal of the Non-literal Theism project (this web site) and movement is not to provide a specific spiritual philosophy (that is your own responsibility); but, rather, to unify all Non-literal Theists, regardless of their particular philosophies and points of view.


As you know, traditional Theists believe in a literal "God" who supposedly created and rules the universe; while traditional Atheists reject the idea of "God" altogether.

Generally, Non-literal Theists are people who do not believe in a literal "God" (thus the term "Non-literal"), but still consider themselves to be (often deeply) "Spiritual" people.

There is no consensus among Non-literal Theists regarding the literal existence of one's own "spirit" or a collective "spirit"; however, there is consensus that if any "spirit" does exist, it is not external to the universe and it is not "supernatural".

Non-literal Theists believe that nothing that exists or happens violates the nature of the universe; they believe that all such things only further define the nature of the universe.

For Non-literal Theists, being "spiritual" means (at the very least) to nurture thoughts, words, and actions that are in harmony with the idea that the entire universe is, in some way, connected; even if only by the mysterious flow of cause and effect at every scale.

Therefore, Non-literal Theists generally feel that as they go about their lives striving to be personally healthy and happy, they should also be striving to help the world around them be healthy and happy. ("Wholistic Ethics")

Non-literal Theists generally recognize the word "God" as a personal name that has been given to the collective personality* of the infinite and eternal universe; just as your personal name is the name that has been given to your individual personality*.

*It is very interesting to note that while many question and explore the validity of God's "personality"; surprisingly few (presently) recognize the value of questioning and exploring the validity of their own!


In summary, NON-LITERAL THEISTS are people who are:

    1) NON-LITERAL
      Non-literal Theists do not believe in the existence of an entity external to the universe that supposedly created and rules the universe.

    2) SPIRITUAL
      Non-literal Theists believe that the entire universe is, in some way, connected; even if only by the mysterious flow of cause and effect at every scale. Therefore, Non-literal Theists generally feel that as they go about their lives striving to be personally healthy and happy, they should also be striving to help the world around them be healthy and happy! ("Wholistic Ethics")

Please note: The goal of the Non-literal Theism project is not to provide a specific spiritual philosophy (that is your own responsibility); but, rather, to unify all Non-literal Theists, regardless of their particular philosophies and points of view.


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