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On the Scale of Doubt quiz I am identified as an agnostic, but that does not correspond to my self-identification. The reason is that my idea of "God" is close to that of Carl Jung, who said he didn't believe in God, he knew God exists. His experience and mine lead to a concept vastly different from anthropomorphic gods, humanlike individuals with mind and will like other individuals in the universe.

I say I am an atheist in the sense that I don't believe in a theistic god. I don't call myself an agnostic because I have no doubt that I experience Something beyond ordinary reality, Something that classical science could not posit but that a new scientific paradigm seems to be moving toward. I call my spirituality generic, eclectic, secular, and sometimes even atheist. I've written about an atheist mystic, the French philosopher Andre Comte-Sponville.