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All Dressed Up with Someplace To Go

All Dressed Up with Someplace To Go

"Life" Issues, Abundance, Advent, Atheism, Blessings, Christmas, culture, Food, Gratitude, monotheism, Religion, remembrance, Renewal, secularism, Skeptic, Spirituality, Thanksgiving
This is the time of year when people like me and perhaps more than a few of you, my Constant Readers, both in the “closet” and out – that is to say, skeptics, atheists, rationalists, secular humanists, etc. – are sometimes parodied by the remark that we are “all dressed up with no place to go”. Well, if you define the Holidays such that, in order to validate one’s ticket to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, etc., etc., one must believe in some kind of (usually monotheistic) Deity with all the usual requisite “omnis,” then that characterization is accurate. One can then go on to deride those, like me, who describe themselves as being “spiritual but not religious”. However, what I object to in such an approach is twofold: (1) the restriction of spirituality to theistic categories,...