The only difference between a New Atheist and an Old Atheist is that New Atheists live in a time when it’s socially acceptable to be an atheist, and Old Atheists lived in a time when it wasn’t socially acceptable to be an atheist. I draw the line in the early 2000’s when authors like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins made it cool to be an atheist.
Dates aside though, New and Old Atheist’s have the same core ideology (or lack thereof). They believe there is no God, and religion is mythology. At least, that’s what a linguist would tell you, but New Atheism isn’t just a word in a dictionary. It’s a social movement. It’s a meme, and it’s evolving at the speed of society.
After 100 years of evolution, I believe Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins will be rolling in their graves as New Atheism will come to resemble the the ugly religious movements it takes so much pride in distinguishing itself from now.
Religion is defined:
“1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purposeof the universe, especially (but not exclusively) when considered as the creationof a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
2. a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generallyagreed upon by a number of persons or sects”
I challenge you to go on an atheist chat board and declare that atheism is a religion and see what happens. Every argument you find on the internet for why atheism isn’t a religion may be technically true, but outside of the debate chambers something interesting is happening:
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