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Issue N51

atheism as religion, valeriy sterkh

Atheism as Religion

Chapter 2: The Ten Commandments of Atheism

When talking about religious commandments in general, the first thing that comes to mind is the Ten Commandments found in the Bible. They could very well be called the ten main religious statements. So, let's review how Atheism deals with these ten maxims.

The first commandment of Atheism: there is no God

The rejection of the idea of God is the central tenet of Atheism and the basis for the atheistic creed. Of course, atheists will come up with various arguments to give their claims the appearance of science, but these attempts can hardly be called successful. We will discuss them later.

The paradox of Atheism is that it is impossible to scientifically prove "the non-existence of God." Yet, Atheism will not accept this fact. As soon as an atheist accepts the impossibility of determining whether God exists or not, he or she will immediately cease to be an atheist and become an agnostic, which is the end of Atheism.

The second commandment of Atheism: worshipping idols and images

Having rejected faith in God, Atheism has not escaped worshipping objects. Atheists have always bowed down to “idols and images” — famous singers, movie stars, scientists, composers, politicians, etc. In honor of those idols, they have opened museums, erected monuments, and created other sacred objects. People have brought them flowers, asked for their help, and have often done the most insane things just to get closer to their “star.” Often, they create legends associated with those idols.

Inanimate objects can also become a cult — through obsessive attachment or Mammon-worship.

At this point, one might object that the cults described above are impossible in pure Atheism. But this is not entirely correct. First, Atheism has never existed in a vacuum, so in examining its characteristics we must rely on verifiable facts, not theories. Second, cults existed even in the most atheistic societies. For example, in the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin's mummy was the object of worship for the whole nation. The worship of dead leaders is practiced in China and North Korea to this day.

The third commandment of Atheism: engaging in empty talk

The concept of the cultural norm is rather bendable in Atheism. So, profanity, vulgarity, toilet humor, etc. are widespread among atheists. Another form of empty talk is using filler words, swearing by God’s name, or even taking God’s name in vain blasphemy. If anything, blasphemy is one of the things that Atheism encourages.

The fourth commandment of Atheism: holidays

Every religion has its holidays, and Atheism is no exception. One cannot help but notice that some of the features of atheistic holidays correlate with religious festivals. "New Year's Day" is a substitute for Christmas; "Independence Day" is a substitute for Easter, etc.

The fifth commandment of Atheism: neglecting your family duties

Atheists have a somewhat vague concept of family values. Therefore, atheistic societies predominantly consist of nuclear families with a focus on live-in relationships. In atheistic families, children have no respect for their parents (and vice versa), and it is not expected of them.

On the other hand, an atheistic society cannot just let things run their course without exercising some control. That is why they create nursing homes, boarding schools, orphanages, and juvenile justice institutions.

The sixth commandment of Atheism: legalized murder

In Atheism, murder is not seen as something immoral. Some atheistic societies legitimize certain forms of murder (such as abortion and euthanasia), and people have no qualms about it.

The seventh commandment of Atheism: condoning adultery

Atheistic morality does not preclude various forms of sexual immorality and perversions (prostitution, promiscuity, homosexuality, etc.). The scope of such practices is somewhat limited by society’s legal system. However, the law usually restricts only the most egregious travesties.

The eighth commandment of Atheism: it is okay to steal

Even atheistic societies consider stealing a criminal offense. But atheistic morality has its own slant. The typical reasoning goes like this: "You are not a thief until you are caught", "If you are going to steal, steal millions", "great capital cannot be created without breaking the law".

The ninth commandment of Atheism: lying is okay

In atheistic societies, politics is based on deception and hypocrisy. To a certain extent, the same is true of the lives of ordinary people.

The tenth commandment of Atheism: envy

Atheistic morality does not forbid envy. More than that, the so-called “admiring envy” is quite acceptable. In other words, there is nothing wrong with envying someone “in a good way”.

(to be continued)