An Atheist's Prayer
by Jack Dann
I hope to explore all the demons, ghosts, angels, and hobgoblins of my psyche;
I hope to explore the limits of thought and possibility;
I hope to embrace humankind's daily discoveries in art, science, and technology;
and I will only blame myself and ourselves for the errors, petty cruelties, holocausts, wars and killing fields of the past, present, and future.
I will reject the safety of teleology.
I will not pray for redemption.
I will not rail at the gods. I will not beseech.
I will not embrace superstition and irrationality to overcome my fears of death and uncertainty. And I will continue to peer in to the deep well of mortality and try not to run because I am frightened.
From '50 Voices of Disbelief: why we are atheists'
(I added a picture of Spinoza because of the similarity between his thoughts and this actual atheist prayer.)
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