Reality is our God, evidence is our Scripture, integrity is our religion, and contributing toward a healthy future is our mission. – Rev. Michael Dowd on post-theism
I recently ran across an intriguing term: post-theism, the idea that humanity has “evolved” beyond the need for any deity, and, as such, gods are now obsolete. It is considered a variant of atheism, but many post-theists identify as Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Unitarian, pantheist, or any other label. They value symbolic and metaphoric interpretation of religious texts, much like interpreting a dream, says Reverend Michael Dowd. But this doesn’t mean there is no place for spirituality within a post-theist practice:
New Theists are not supernaturalists; we’re naturalists. We are inspired and motivated far more by this world and this life than by promises of a future otherworld or afterlife. This does not, however, mean that we diss uplifting or transcendent experiences, or disvalue mystery. We don’t. But neither do we see the mystical as divorced from the natural.
In post-theism, spirituality is unified with reality, and “God” is seen as a mythic figure that was once necessary for individual growth. But now humans have a deeper, more beautiful understanding of the universe around us and our place in it. Maybe we do not need deities as much as our ancestors did.