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A shamanistic agnostic?

from Jason

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Hello:

You have a wonderful site with very well written essays and such!

I do have a question: Is it possible to hold Shamanistic beliefs yet still be a part of the Agnostic Religion?

Yours sincerely,

Jason

The Patriarch replies:

Jason:

Thank you for writing.

First of all, there is really no such thing as the Agnostic Religion. Agnosticism is more a statement about religious belief than a religion in itself. Those of us who follow Apathetic Agnosticism may call ourselves a church and act in some ways like a religion - particularly in providing ceremonies to recognize life's passages - but not many would consider us a religion in the way Hinduism or Islam or Christianity is a religion. Particularly as we do not ask for donations.

To rephrase your question, can you consider yourself to be an agnostic while holding Shamanistic beliefs?

I can't answer that. Only you can.

Agnosticism, in its narrowest sense, is a statement that we do not know whether or not god or gods exist.

If you agree with that, then you can reasonably consider yourself agnostic.

But why would you?

Most agnostics similarly question all spiritual and supernatural phenomena. If you consider yourself shamanistic, it would seem you accept at least some of these as real. Why not simply identify yourself as shamanistic and avoid confusion?

Best wishes