The Return of the Happy Atheist –


Really interesting article on the emotional and existential evolution of atheism (and by default religion).

From the article….These are the factors that have led to a more cheery outlook for atheism:

So evolutionary psychology, peace and prosperity, the removal of a glaring embarrassment to atheism’s pretensions and the emergence of new threats that made atheism look more progressive …

And then?

…and then I’d throw on, as well, the decades-long crisis for institutional religion in the West that the social revolutions of the 1960s ushered in. Mostly, as I’ve argued at length elsewhere, this crisis has sent people drifting into various quasi-Christian and spiritual alternatives rather than embracing atheism tout court…

It’s rare, as y’all know, for people to identify themselves as “religious.” Even people who clearly are religious will often surprise you by the fact that they deny being “religious.”

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

Consider this post an invitation, an invitation to comment and collaborate ~ In Solidarity, JE

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