Just a thought: Atheism is a Worldview

Worldview is a broad term that is applicable to everyone. Simply put, a worldview is how one views the world. Therefore atheism is a worldview in that the atheist views the world as being absent of God or gods. This belief alone, regardless of any logical gymnastics the post-modern atheist is engaged in these days, makes atheism a worldview.

An objective analysis of the shared beliefs which flows from that basic assumption becomes even more telling. For example, the statement “I won’t believe something for which there is no evidence,” is a common expression of an underlying shared value system. If one digs a little deeper, one discovers that the evidence must be empirical, thus barring any rational deductive or inductive reasoning one might draw or infer from observing the material and immaterial aspects of reality. This commitment to materialism and naturalism is likewise a shared value for those in this worldview. There are hundreds of other common values and shared paradigms that one commits to by adhering to this worldview. Therefore it is neither honest nor intelligent to say that atheism is not a worldview. Or the very least, a defining feature of one.

Likewise, to ignore the history and the development of atheism philosophically across time is also a feature of this post-modern era. All human thought has a traceable history, in which those paradigms are developed. Therefore it is incoherent of the post-modern atheist to ignore the development of this school of thought across time.

Post-modernism often expresses itself with radical subjectivism and the disillusionment of truth propositions. Therefore it comes as no surprise that post-modern atheism is attempting to ignore the development of atheism across time as a philosophical school of thought.

It is, therefore, reasonable to conclude that this expression of atheism, and its incoherence, can be classified as post-modern atheism. This is opposed to Modern atheism, neo-atheism, Marxist-Leninist atheism, classical atheism, rational atheism, and ancient atheism. All of these categories are legitimate categories of atheism since the ideas proposed by people who identified as atheist across time and how they defined their atheism is distinct from one another in novel and identifiable ways.

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  1. “Simply put, a worldview is how one views the world. Therefore atheism is a worldview in that the atheist views the world as being absent of God or gods. ”

    that’s quite a lie there. Worldview: a particular philosophy of life or conception of the world. Now, since you are an atheist, do you have a supposedly atheist worldview? Nope, you are a Christian of a certain type and that is your worldview. You say this about every other god ” “I won’t believe something for which there is no evidence.”

    I’m an epicurean, mostly, and that is my worldview. It’s always so curious that Christians are desperate to lie about such things as worldviews. I think post-modernism is idiotic, so your desperate attempts to equate post-modernism with atheism fails completely.

    ” If one digs a little deeper, one discovers that the evidence must be empirical, thus barring any rational deductive or inductive reasoning one might draw or infer from observing the material and immaterial aspects of reality.”

    no evidence to begin with for “immaterial aspects of reality”. No magic and no spirits.

    So, there is no rational deductive or inductive reasoning based on those things. Those things are baseless opinion. But as soon as you can show any evidence for your magic and magical beings, I’d be happy to look at it. Alas, theists are stuck with presuppositions that their god and their god alone is the only one and no evidence for that either.

    “Modern atheism, neo-atheism, Marxist-Leninist atheism, classical atheism, rational atheism, and ancient atheism. ”

    nope, atheism is the conclusion that there are no god or gods. it hasn’t changed. Current atheists are just like those folks back in the 19th century like Robert Ingersoll. There is nothing atheism, and my dear, again, you are one of us.

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    1. The Lion says:

      If you know something well one can explain it simply. I chose not to explain the in-depth explanation of what a worldview is because that could become quite truncated. I’d recommend taking an intro to philosophy course to understand what a worldview is in full and why Philosophers categorize atheism as a worldview.

      I am not sure why you keep saying that just because I am not an atheist I cannot make comments about it. Does this mean that because you are not a Christian that you cannot make observations about it? Not sure what your implication is here. I used to be an atheist, in particular, Materialist and an Existential Nihilist atheist. Just as I can add the categories to specify which kinds of ideas I adhered to atheism was a key component of that and meant that in my worldview I did not entertain the possibility that God, or gods existed. In the same way As you have stated here I could classify you as an Atheist Epicurean. Likewise I am not saying all atheism or atheist are post-modern atheist however by attempting to abdicated the burden of a worldview as post -modern atheist are attempting to do this is a unique feature of post-modern atheism. Since atheist from other eras did not attempt to make this move. I’d recommend taking a course in text analysis and formal reasoning in order to better examine text and the arguments therein. Since it appears that you are poorly interpreting this post.

      Within the discipline of epistemology and logic philosophers recognize that there is an immaterial aspect of all discourse. Since our thoughts, rational, logic, etc. Do not exist in a material context. Likewise the highest science which has the highest level of evidence and ability to describe and define reality, which is mathematics exists only in concept and is itself immaterial. This has nothing to do with magic. Rational argumentation indeed even the way we reason and logic is immaterial. Again I would recommend taking a textual analysis class so that you don’t bring up things that are not even mentioned in the text.

      The categories of atheism which I have mentioned here are as mentioned above expressions of atheism across time. These are not desperate attempts at turning atheism into a world-view it is merely stating a fact of history in regards to the development of thought across time. I honestly don’t understand why post-modern atheist want to escape the category of a worldview. Categories have always been useful in the pursuit of truth. Perhaps it is because the post-modern atheist is not interested in the formal proposition of truth? Shrugs,

      Kind regards,

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