Devout progressives eventually come to the conclusion that if humanity is the ultimate authority, then God must not exist, because he is by definition the ultimate authority. Under newthink, humanity takes on God’s role.
Progressive society nurses a lot of anger toward God and “organized religion.” Part of this is because churches tend to be pillars of our cultural traditions. But there may be another more fundamental reason for newthinkers’ anger toward God than the cultural orientation of some churches. One of the three trunks supporting newthink’s worldview tree is the Godless Universe metaphor: The universe is a home; God is the absent father. The newthinkers’ Father, in whom they still unconsciously believe, has abandoned them. Just as a fatherless child grows up angry at its missing father, so does fatherless humanity nurse anger against its absent God. Among more devout newthinkers, that anger can become hatred. God’s status as an absent father helps explain the streak of God-hatred in progressivism.
As one climbs the newthink worldview tree, the unconscious idea that God is missing morphs into a belief in his nonexistence. Why do we stop believing in God? Because God is invisible and it’s easy to think he’s not there; because bad things happen and we blame him or doubt his existence; because we’re not always good and it’s easier to think he doesn’t exist than to admit our shortcomings; because there’s an initial ostensible feeling of freedom in believing no ultimate judge of our behavior exists. Given these disincentives for belief in God, the real surprise is not that atheism exists, but that religion does.
Atheism is every bit as much of a belief system as religion; neither can be proven. It’s purely a matter of faith – faith in the nonexistence of God.
If one is merely skeptical of the existence of God, agnosticism is the logical position. But the more devout newthinkers take another step: they believe in the nonexistence of God. Atheism is every bit as much of a belief system as religion; neither can be proven. It’s purely a matter of faith – faith in the nonexistence of God. Humans need to believe in something beyond themselves. If they start believing God is not home, then something must take God’s place. As G. K. Chesterton observed, those who stop believing in God do not believe nothing, they believe anything. For newthinkers, that “anything” is humanity. God ceases to exist and man attempts to sit on his throne. Atheism exists among nonbelievers because it enables the human need to believe in something beyond themselves – in this case, humanity as a whole. Atheism, which eschews religion, takes the place of religion in the human psyche.
- Atheists at the Inter-Faith Conference? (inveritatefortitudo.wordpress.com)