Setting: Hard core capital A Atheist/rationalist/secular Humanist here, as are my wife and kids, and several of our closest friends. One of the firmest elements of my being is that I reject all supernatural. I am friends with many folk who believe an various things, but I do not respect or understand that portion of the person that thinks/believes irrationally.
Recently I and a similar thinker met several religious people at a party. They weren’t pushy with their beliefs, but did say some stupid things like if you pray a steel rosary long enough the beads will turn to gold. One woman’s 10-11 yr-old dtr had died a couple of years past, and she told about her daughter sending down a rainbow to communicate with her.
None of us heathens said anything to these people, but later on we were discussing it with others, and some accused others of being unnecessarily mean in criticizing the mother of the dead girl.
I’m surprisingly confused about this. On one hand, the belief that a dead person is communicating is as ridiculous and worthy of mockery as steel turning to gold. But I found myself willing to give a pass to a grieving parent. But then I wondered if that path slid down to atheists in foxholes.
A significant portion of our family’s mindset involves the rejection of supernatural, and the celebration of the natural. If you feel similarly, do you draw any lines?