Science without religion
Keith Amarakone is an atheist. For him, not having a faith to adhere to means that he is free to rationally form his own moral response to situations
- By: Keith Amarakone
Born to Buddhist parents--although they are not practising--and attending Church of England schools, I flirted at times with the idea of being religious. Fortunately I found myself unable to make the necessary leap of faith--atheism was something I drifted into. Unlike religions, it is easy to do this. You do not need to make a conscious decision to be atheistic--literally, without God. Atheism is not a defining part of me, it is not a big deal, and it is nothing to be zealous about. Not believing in the existence of any God seems to be quite natural to my liberal scientifically biased upbringing.
Being an atheist is, in many ways, a rational common sense approach. Religion, necessarily, requires faith in the supernatural. Religious people have the ability to both embrace the concepts embodied by science, and allow for the existence of God, which is above and beyond science. This capacity