No, but assuming there is some spiritual force/consciousness/being that interacts with humans, I'm sure individual Orthodox might learn nuggets of truth. If any of those nuggets of truth can be explained instead of simply experienced, then they might have found their way into Orthodox beliefs. (Of course I believe the same thing about other religions.)
Atheist is probably the best label for me. I think Jesus was probably just a fanatical Jewish cult leader who thought he was a prophet of a coming Kindom of Heaven within the lifetime of his followers. Obviously he was wrong.
On the other hand, I have experienced things that seemed to fit the Christian story. So that's my problem. The most rational explanation is that my subconscious uses Christian imagery as its vocabulary, but sometimes I wonder if the source is a spirit of some kind instead of my subconscious.
Bob, what you think "obvious" is only obvious given materialistic assumptions, which exclude a priori the existence of nonmaterial beings. Given those same assumptions you must interpret your experience of what seems to be a spirit or spirits as merely your subconscious at work. But you could also choose other assumptions and reason just as rationally from them that spirits do exist, that Christianity is right and true, and that maybe what you experienced was actually spiritual (just maybe because it could still have been your subconscious imagination).
Your choice, but whichever assumptions you choose, you should recognize and accept what follows logically from them. What follows logically from materialism is quite bleak -- no help from beyond, no hope beyond the grave, no reason to do good and tell the truth if we have to suffer for it, no such thing as right or wrong except as objects of individual desire, no such thing as true beauty except as nonrational personal preference, and sometimes, as in your case, conflict between actual experience and the dictates of materialism: You must deny your own experience, not because materialism is true or more rational but because your willful choice of materialism requires it.
Another reason not to choose materialism is that many others have also experienced wonders that are hard to dismiss as hallucinations because they actually make good sense according to clear-minded reason.
Edited by Brian Patrick Mitchell, 20 November 2014 - 05:19 PM.