This question rocked me with laughter. So thanks for that lovely rush of endorphins!
Atheists just go one god further. You are atheistic towards all other gods except the one you believe in (requiring a non-evidential faith leap leaving rationality behind because there is not enough evidence to believe in even your god). So since you are an atheist/agnostic theist in this regard, how do you know love is real?
You know that love is real by the same way that I do. You feel it. You experience it. I can love in the abstract, but not in the sense of loving an supernatural being as I do not see any evidence for the supernatural. For example, I can love concepts. I love the one where there is focus on working hard and bearing the fruits of one’s labors. I love that one very much. I love my husband and our wonderful cat. I loved my mother so much that after almost forty years since her death she is still alive in my mind. I love living in France. I love flowers, especially morning glories! And my continually passionate love affair with international cuisine is still going strong after all these decades.
I, too, regard love as a discerning and personal emotive state. It is mine. I choose who/what to love. And I certainly have neither expectation for everybody to love me or inclination for me to love everybody. One of the most revolting aspects about many religions, especially Christianity, is the cheapening of love. Christians are basically love sluts (apologies to all humans with healthy sex drives!)
I perceive a possible patriarchal underpinning to your question. Without the love of a divine father figure, you seem to regard as love being ungrounded. Love is grounded in our ability to feel it. No religious attitude, steeped in obsolete patriarchy, is required.
Posted: May 10th 2009
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