What Atheists Worship

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. – Psalm 14:1

In one sense, the atheist denies the reality of the Lord God on high, that particular God of the Bible, manifest in the man Christ Jesus. In another sense, atheism denies that there are no gods at all, no persons that man is bound to worship. They deny that man naturally worships something.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is working to post billboards throughout Sacramento, California promoting an atheist message throughout Christmas to counter the spiritual tone of the season.

billboard-atheism

Atheism does not seem understand its own contradiction. They fancy themselves as a group that is devoid of worship. Yet, they do still worship. The billboard says, “believe in humanity, not god.” Belief here means more than simply an intellectual assent, as if they encouraging the reader to accept the reality of humanity’s existence. Rather they are talking of faith, that state of committed belief that Christians often talk about.

Yet, humanity and god as terms are used in a sense as if they were mindless, impersonal forces, like George Lucas’ fabled Force. However, humanity is made up of millions of individual men, each with his own will. So, in practical terms, to believe in humanity is to have a committed belief, what a man calls faith, in millions of men. This makes each man an individual god, worshiped by his fellow gods, and each god worshiping himself.

Even though the atheist desires to escape worship, he inevitably worships the man closest to him, his self, and every other man on the planet, in the name of humanity. But, that is not atheism, that is paganism.

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Author: M.W. Peak

Just a humble guy trying to make his way in the universe.

13 thoughts on “What Atheists Worship”

  1. I disagree entirely with such an idea as secular humanists ‘worshipping’ anything, least of all themselves.

    Atheists/Agnostics have neither deities nor temples. They either deny completely belief in the supernatural or adopt an attitude of scepticism, awaiting conclusive proof of supernatural phenomena. The use of the word “believe” is merely a way of saying “I think that…” or “I am given to understand that…” and carries no implication of faith in the religious sense of the word and hence to worship or deification and to suggest otherwise would be a misunderstanding.

    1. “Rom – 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”
      “Rom 1:25 – Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

      This is the only passage in the New Testament that this translation of the Greek word “worship” is used. It is different from religious worship.

      Those who reject the truth and the glory of God change God into the image of corruptible man, and of birds, and of animals. They change God so that He becomes the same as themselves. In fact, they become “self” worshipers by worshiping the things and the people created rather than the Creator Himself.

      1. From a secular point of view, the word worship means “to make ultimately worthy”. Every single person worships something. In other words, “What are you living for?”.

  2. >Even though the atheist desires to escape worship, he inevitably worships the man closest to him, his self, and every other man on the planet, in the name of humanity. But, that is not atheism, that is paganism.

    Paganism is infinitely more sublime and uplifting than modern humanism! Pythagoras, Plato, and Plotinus were all pagans!

  3. If only atheists knew how ridiculous the exhortation to ‘believe in humanity’ sounds. Taken on their own base level with no potential for the Divine, most humans are inferior to dogs, cats, rabbits, and squirrels.

  4. Ransom Culhane said: “Taken on their own base level with no potential for the Divine, most humans are inferior to dogs, cats, rabbits, and squirrels.” Really? Do dogs, cats, rabbits, and squirrels have a potential for the Divine? Are *they* Christians/religious? That’s news to me. Nature displays both much brutality (mostly, but not exclusively between species) and much compassion and selfless behavior (mostly within extended family groups… but sometimes even between species. Seems to me that we’re not that different from our animal cousins and our religiosity does nothing to separate us nor bring us closer to the behaviors of animals in nature.

    1. Have you seen that meme that features a flamewar between Catholics and Protestants about whether dogs go to Heaven?

      To make a long story short, whether dogs can go to Heaven is a theological quibble.

      Perhaps the original point from Culhane was supposed to mean that animals are spiritually neutral but sinful humans are worse than neutral. To put that idea another way, maybe dogs won’t go to Heaven, but dogs definitely won’t go to Hell.

  5. believe in humanity… as in Humanism…
    Humanism:
    1. (Philosophy) the denial of any power or moral value superior to that of humanity; the rejection of religion in favour of a belief in the advancement of humanity by its own efforts
    2. (Philosophy) a philosophical position that stresses the autonomy of human reason in contradistinction to the authority of the Church
    Perhaps the author could educate themselves on a topic before spouting off. Faith has nothing to do with it.

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