I am just at the very beginning of my nursing education, so forgive me if I am being presumptuous, but my preliminary understanding of the nurse's understanding of the human is that we incorporate body, mind, and spirit. Those of you who profess atheism, do you utilize this understanding, or do you see humans as strictly body and mind? or something else I'm not thinking of? TIA!
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llg, care to elaborate? Are you talking about polytheistic religions? Pardon my ignorance.
I'm sorry for not answering this question earlier. I didn't see until the post until today.
In the broadest sense, "spirituality" is that realm that deals with a person's belief systems -- about the nature of the universe, his/her place in it, etc. Those beliefs don't have to include ANY supernatural being. A person can believe in a supernatural being "behind the scenes" running everything (mono-theism or "God") ... or they can believe that their are multiple supernatural beings (polytheism)... or they can believe that there are no supernatural beings and that things exist because of the forces of nature playing themselves out (atheism).
An atheist can experience very profound feelings of awe and wonder at the power of nature ... see beauty in the universe ... experience profound connection to it all ... find meaning in their existence ... hold strong moral values ... etc. without having to add a god figure to the mix. With such possibilities, atheists can be deeply spiritual. I have been told more than once that I am one such a deeply spritual atheist.
Last edit by llg on May 30, '13