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Sigfried Gold isn’t the only atheist who prays to a God that he doesn’t believe in.
Michelle Boorstein reports Tuesday about the spiritual lives of atheists, a number of whom, she writes, “hunger for a transcendent experience” despite their disbelief.
So what do we know about atheists, their beliefs and their spirituality? Here are some of the most interesting findings from the Pew forum, which for years has tracked the beliefs of those who say they have no religion. Some of the findings may seem contradictory–an atheist who values religion?–but indicate that, like the faith lives of so many Americans, things aren’t always as straightforward as they may seem.
Check out Boorstein’s story for more on how some atheists are redefining the spiritual life without God. And share your take here–is it okay to pray–if you’re an atheist? Are you someone who rejects religion, or God, but finds meaning in meditation? Tell us about your practices here.
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