I appreciate the courage of Coven Oldenwilde’s taking on the Carolina Stompers [“Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Witch,” Commentary, Feb. 6]. I believe in many of Paganism’s sacred tenets. However, I disagree with the writers’ view that atheism leads to “the denial of all spirituality.”
I might be an atheist if I weren’t such a skeptic. Therefore, I know that atheists, by freeing themselves from total submission to one or many Gods, are able to experience the spiritual or the material from many points of view, including Paganism and Christianity. Certainly poly- or monotheism are juicy vantage points from which to contemplate the indifferent Big Bang or the meaning-filled creation, but they are two among many that have great value.
— Bill Branyon