My first year and a half of blogging on Triangulations primarily discussed Atheism as it relates to Christianity. My second major theme has been criticizing the approaches some atheists use in understanding religion. My criticism is based on my understanding of mind which is largely informed by personal experiences in meditative traditions. Thus many of my posts were Buddhist-tinted psychological and philosophical posts but usually addressing Christianity and Atheism.
I left Christianity many years ago and then lived in Asia for a decade. In Asia I pleasantly did not have to discuss aggressive Christianity at all — instead I mainly dialogued with Hindus, Buddhists, Shintoists, Taoists, Confucianists and Secularists. But on returning to the United States, and especially after starting a family, I was confronted by many varieties of Christians, both personally and by policies of Christians in our government. So I was inspired to write about Christianity since it was again in my face.
But as this blog has unfolded, I have enjoyed my occasional posts outside of Christianity and over the last months I have found my Buddhist posts refreshing.
I am not Buddhist in any orthodox way. But it is fun untangling the variety of Buddhist bloggers just I have tried to categorize the huge varieties of Christians who blog. I will thus be exploring taxonomies, psychology of religion, evolution of religious thought, historical and literary criticisms and the role of superstitious thinking as relates to Buddhism — very much similar approaches I used in exploring Christianity.
When I started these posts, my blog stats took a large dive because I probably lost Atheists and Christian readers. I imagine that the lost Atheists readers were either those who were repulsed by the parts of Buddhism that I value, or because their atheism is largely anti-Christianity and so they naturally lost interest. Many Christians probably left because they enjoyed conversations only as long as it was about their faith but they too aren’t interested in Buddhism. But I call this blog “Triangulations” for good reasons –> My thoughts are not primarily atheist, anti-christian or Buddhist, they are primarily skeptical, pragmatic and empirical.
Of course, I have been graced with many new readers who are interested in Buddhism. But they too will self-select to those who don’t mind my sacrilegious, irreverent, scientific approach to studying religious thought and behavior. And many Buddhist will probably fade out when my posts jump back into discussing Christianity, Hinduism and others. But I hope to keep some readers that enjoy my style of exploring religion and who jump in to discuss posts that interest them. Because I am grateful for my dialogues with both believers and skeptics because they help me tremendously in my exploration of both my mind and those of others. So before I went further, I thought I’d explain myself for those interested.