June 19, 2013
Atheists are an interesting group of people. They have little in common, in general. A finer bunch of reasonable people couldn't be wished for. But maybe I'm just saying that because they are my "tribe."
Like any "tribe," they differ about how they express their disbelief in god and religion. Yet you definitely know that you’ve encountered a staunch atheist upon hearing one of them piously proclaiming doctrines of a mythological nature.
Atheism cannot be a mythology, but atheists sometime say the most intriguing things, things that appear fictionally composed in an organized fashion in order to recount a cosmology, an origin story, a moral code, a special role for the chosen, and a destiny for the world, all according to atheists. “Atheist mythology” could happen, in a way that “atheism mythology” couldn’t, precisely because individual atheists are free to generate and informally transmit all manner of stories.
This is a familiar situation for the cultural anthropology of mythic narrative. Much in the way that a mythology generated by religious intellectual leadership, especially any mythology reaching written form, can sound quite different from the many oral narratives passed among religious laypeople, local atheist myth cannot be traced to any single author or definitive book. Also of interest to historians of religion is the way that a novel mythology can imitate the core mythic structure of a rival mythology.
Contemporary atheist mythology, to repeat, has no scripture, no authoritative leadership, and no official propaganda outlet, yet plenty of atheists can be heard repeating the same sorts of things over and over. Only by collecting sayings from many different sources makes it possible to assemble something like the “doctrines” of this “atheist mythology.” Here, presented for the first time, is one (incomplete and unauthorized) version of this mythology.
There is Truth about the One Reality, a Truth supremely valid over anything else people believe.
This Truth arises from Reason, and failure to acknowledge this Truth signals lack of Reason.
Atheists acknowledge this Truth, while religious people are bereft of this Truth, lost in Error, mired in Evil, and unable to know Reality.
Atheists acknowledge Truth and know Reality because they have been the sole possessors of Reason.
Witnessing to this Truth is necessary for the Ethical advancement of humanity, its liberation from irrationality, and its reconciliation with Reality.
Witnessing to this Truth is all atheists can and need do, since the religious lack Reason to understand explanations of the Truth.
Confronting the religious with the Truth is an effective means of converting them, because the Truth has its own Power to arouse Reason.
Attempting to explain this Truth to the religious on their own terms only compromises the Purity of the Truth.
Atheists encouraging the religious to come to the Truth by approximation or accommodation only betrays the Purity of the Truth.
Atheists doing anything other than Witnessing to the Truth to the religious are heretical and false atheists, who are compromising with Evil and should be Shunned.
Witnessing to the Truth is the Path towards the inevitable world enlightenment, when complete adherence to Truth and the elimination of religion’s Evils will bring about Human Utopia.
Any Atheist activity looking anything like religion must be avoided, to keep Atheists from Evils and preserve the Destiny of the Path.
Since the religious in their lack of Reason admire communal group-think, Atheists shall witness to the Truth and be Ethical from their own individual convictions.
Since the religious in their lack of Reason admire dogmas, no Atheist shall offer the Truth in the form of dogmas.
If confronted by the unworthy for preaching dogmas, Atheists must reply that there are no atheist dogmas and that anything could be Error.
Atheists cannot be blamed for confusing the religious by demanding submission to the one Truth that yet might be Error, since the religious lack Reason anyways.
Atheists cannot be blamed by appearing to behave like the religious by demanding group-think and fidelity to the True Path, since the religious can only perceive Error anyways.
Atheists must continually proclaim that there is no Atheist mythology or faith-based dogma.
... and anthropologists would be able to add more dogmas with many nuances, but this suffices.
As fascinating as this oddly assembled mythology may be, it surely couldn’t be controlling much of atheism. No respected Atheist of any serious stature has endorsed these views. And if any Atheist ever appeared to endorse some of these views, that is only erroneous misinterpretation. After all, as the final dogma says, atheists cannot have a mythology.