Pagan Atheists


Two Christian children produce a home-made rap targeted at ‘pagan atheists’, asking us to see the light. It is kind of cute actually. What I would like is to have someone follow-up on these children say ten years from now to see if they are still believers.

Comments

  1. Seth says

    I could only stand to listen to thirty-seven seconds of that; I predict that no matter what the kids believe, in a decade they’ll just be embarrassed by having this out in public.

    The title of this post actually reminds me that Christopher Hitchens occasionally labelled himself a ‘Protestant atheist’, usually after the clever joke about the Irish militant roadblock. He seems to have meant that his values and his inquiry and his ethics had a fundamentally Protestant character to them, a legacy he would not abandon simply because its organising principle was vacuous.

    In that vein, I sometimes identify myself as a ‘pagan atheist’. I don’t believe in any gods outside of the human mind, but I have a much greater respect for pre-Christian societies and ethics and philosophy than I do for post-Roman European thought. I particularly like what seem to be Celtic and Nordic ways of living in nature and relating to one another, and I will always be resentful at the near-total erasure of my Celtic and Germanic ancestral cultures by the vile death cult from Judea.

  2. Artor says

    Hi Seth, me too. I saw the post title, “Pagan Atheists,” and I thought it might be about something else. I’ve been a pagan atheist for 20 years now, and a regular atheist for almost 10 before that.

  3. cafeeineaddicted says

    Well, you can try and look them up now. This video was first put up 7 years ago.
    Here’s the original.

  4. smrnda says

    I would say I’m a Jewish atheist, but it seems kind of redundant. /snark

    On ‘pagan atheist’ I would use the term more for people who engage in pagan practices but who don’t actually believe in their gods and goddesses as actual entities – some of them do, some of them seem to think it’s more just a way of personalizing concepts, nature etc.

  5. John Morales says

    There are two senses of the term ‘pagan': (1) having a religion other than Christianity and (2) not being Christian.

    So, ‘pagan atheist’ is either oxymoronic or (as smrnda notes) otiose.

    On the video, I find it much like any other indoctrinated kiddies’ posturing: sad and mildly depressing.

    (But perhaps, as Mano notes, they will eventually overcome their childhood indoctrination. I did.)

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