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. 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 purpose of the universe, especially (but not exclusively) when considered as the creation of 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 generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects”
I challenge you to go on an Atheist chat board and declare 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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My Tweets About Religion
February 13th, 2018 at 3:21 pm
I agree that the “new atheism” is morphing into a social movement, but don’t you think you’re engaging in a slippery slope fallacy by contending that we are seeing the first stones being laid on the path to an atheist religion? Isn’t it more likely that what we are presently embroiled in is a shift in social consciousness as a consequence of the relative anonymity that social media affords as well as the dissemination of information via the internet? (i.e. the truth regarding the origins of religious thought and the tenuous documents upon which they’re based & the ability to opine on them, at will?) If the “weak” and the “stupid” find solidarity and social cohesion with groups of other atheists-something I find unlikely given how today’s young generation barely interacts outside of social media-the problem then would be to lift the general intelligence of the masses through teaching correct thinking skills, something religious groups never encourage because in it lay the seeds of its own destruction, as we are seeing come to fruition now.