If atheism were to achieve its “godless humanity” wish, what Huxlian Brave New World might arrive with this advent? If you’re an atheist, doesn’t this give you just a little bit of pause? Or is atheism simply a matter of truth for you, and you believe that the truth is that no mind precedes matter—and there are no gods, period—and so we should now let the chips of history simply fall where they may? But still, don’t you wonder—as a practical matter—what you are wishing for? Might it be prudent to manage religion’s current evils and work with them, as opposed to running blindly to other evils—ones born of a godless world—that we know not of?
In short, do you imagine that you can simply leave a hole in the human psyche and then, when things go bad, say, “I had nothing to do with it”? Is there any reason to think that atheism, for example, will not open the world, by the absence it generates, to other irrational horrors (as in 20th century Stalinism and Maoism)? I remember, for example, in the first year of the Iraq War, that part of the scandal of it was the Bush administration’s failure to seriously explore what would happen in Iraq after a hole in power had been generated. The museum in Baghdad was looted, religious factions fought, and Rumsfeld said, “Hey, it’s not our fault.” But that’s bullshit. You can’t break things and have nothing to replace them with. What’s atheism breaking, and what’s it replacing the broken pieces with? Stoicism? Consumerism? Communism? Capitalism? Scientism? Eugenics? A Ray Kurzweil utopia?