EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NOTES
1) Non-literal Theism is not a specific philosophy; it is a CLASSIFICATION of philosophies. For example, just as Christianity is one form of Theism; Pantheism is one form of Non-literal Theism. If you are like many Non-literal Theists, you have probably been developing your own personal philosophy of life that is a form of Non-literal Theism.
2) "Non-Literal Theism" and "Spiritual Atheism" are different terms for the same philosophical classification. People tend to prefer and use the term that best reflects their current orientation.
3) The goal of The Center for Non-literal Theism is not to provide people with a specific spiritual philosophy (that is one's own responsibility); but, rather, to unify all Non-literal Theists, regardless of their particular philosophies and points of view.
ARE YOU A NON-LITERAL THEIST?
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 the validity of the universe's personality; surprisingly few (presently) recognize the value of questioning the validity of their own!
Non-literal Theism is a philosophical classification. Learn more here.
In general, NON-LITERAL THEISTS are people who are:
Non-literal Theists do not believe in the existence of an entity external to the universe that supposedly created and rules the universe.
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")
We are all ONE.
THE CENTER FOR NON-LITERAL THEISM