Re my title
Are we atheistic Humanists
able to predict the Next
I think it is not reasonable to expect that to happen.
Let us go back some 2012 - 1948 = 60 + years.
Julian Huxley who corresponded with many that
would set up Secular Humanism together.
Julian expected his Trans Humanism to take off.
Him and others thought religion would decline
rather fast. It does decline in some parts of the
world but it rise in other parts and his TransHumanism
are only a few enthusiasts in each country.
I think we need to be realistic that it is much more
difficult than what we expect to guess how humans act
in even the near future.
Now why do I care about the Next religious tradition? at all?
Because I have a personal need for a religion
that does not include faith in super-natural gods.
Such religion is very difficult to set up because most
believers need their God to be supernatural because
logically that is the only way a God can assure us eternal life.
Okay one maybe can set up a working
religious tradition that has no god?
Some Buddhism see itself as atheistic
but instead they have a “practice” that
are very detailed with what they should do.
Sitting meditation is preferably with straight back.
Very many of the Buddhists refuse to sit in ergonomic chairs.
They chant instead of sing. They chant in the original language.
They read the texts in the original language. They idealize Buddha.
To me that is even worse than believing in a supernatural God.
The practice itself is more like a Military Service with Hierarchy
of Teachers that have all the answers.
Compare with Abrahamic faith. We have ex-jews, ex-christians
we have ex-muslims. Try to find ex-buddhists. AFAIK we have
only three known such that have dared to tell about it in public.
The Buddhist faith are so good at persuading their believers
that they are forever changed and can not leave it ever.
When one ask the Buddhists about this phenomena they say
that those that leave it just move on to other things.
To me that is what a destructive sect would also say
to do damage control to keep up the good reputation.
I know I only have wishful thinking but some day in the future
I hope some clever person will come up with a way of life
that works like a religion in that it help the individual psychologically
and the group of believers in it socially and that it politically work
in a cooperative way to work for a good life for everybody.
Suppose I only have 5 years more to live. Statistically that is
not unrealistic. If I would be optimistic I would opt for 10 to 15 years
but that would be very lucky and surprising.
Those 5 or even 15 years are a too short time for to expect
that somebody does come up with that future faith.
But I long for it already now. Because I have that personal need.