Once again I find myself lacking for time. So, as my placeholder for today so I don’t miss a day on my daily-posting-streak, here’s a little snippet of perspective.
So which one do you figure atheism actually entails, especially considering all the atheists that either know nothing about, or outright deny, science in favor of ridiculous alien invasion fairy tales or other forms of metaphysical woo. Take, for instance, Buddhism, which is a wholly atheistic worldview — there are no deities, only humans on the path to enlightenment, with Buddha himself being the first to achieve it. (Note: I’m not a Buddhist, by any stretch of the imagination. I’m just mentioning it as being an atheistic religion.) Or take for instance the Pirahã tribe of the Amazon — the “Show Me” tribe of some fame for having deconverted a Christian missionary. They do not assimilate technology or other cultures, and they have no interest in history whatsoever, restricting their concept of what’s important knowledge of the world to what has happened in living memory. Wholly atheistic, wholly without scientific understanding.
And I agree wholeheartedly. Always have, in fact. You will consistently, if you pore through my old writings, find that I espouse exactly this. The atheist/theist schism is one of belief — “do you believe in a god”. The gnostic/agnostic schism is “can the existence of a god be positively known”.
No, I don’t believe in any gods. No, I don’t believe the existence or non-existence of a god can be positively known. And I think that just as much as I’m afraid of anyone who says “there is definitely no god,” anyone who thinks that the existence of a particular god can be known, and that they positively know of the existence of a god and therefore believe in it, is fucking dangerous to a much, much higher degree.
Especially those people who go on to dehumanize atheists, or claim that agnosticism means ignorance. Stay away from me and my loved ones, you scary fucks. The fact that you think you have some kind of knowledge of a deity that might or might not want you to kill me (or so you believe), means you might override your otherwise decent human nature to do your god’s supposed bidding.
And if you don’t consider that horrifying, you just haven’t thought about it long enough.