I'm a Christian. I had a fascinating conversation with an atheist a week or two ago, in which he and I understood each other on a point of faith for the first time. I've been working on finding a way to understand at least a little the atheist approach for over ten years now, and finally got somewhere in this conversation.
I talked to him about trying to sort out where polyamory fit in my life, before I knew the word polyamory. I told him about doing some heavy duty soul searching, wrestling with the Scriptures. And I said,
"And then I had THIS EXPERIENCE."
And he said, this man who identifies as an atheist said,
"YES! THE EXPERIENCE!"
I was confused, because always before, I had always associated a mystical experience like the one I was talking about with people who identified as believing in God. But here was a man breaking the mold I was familiar with.
So he told me a little about his own EXPERIENCE, and it felt like I understood, at least a little.
He mentioned someone else describing a similar EXPERIENCE to him as:
Being At One With The All In All.
and I said,
After knowing each other for years and never being able to quite communicate with each other on the God question, here this man and I finally communicated with each other so that we understood each other, on an experience for which there almost are no words.
It was quite thrilling.