Atheism: a good first step

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There is no God. I take that as given.

But atheism (and naturalism, and rationalism, and skepticism) are only the first step toward freeing ourselves from a host of similar, ubiquitous, harmful, mistaken ideas about meaning.

Most of the harm done by religion is not due to supernatural beliefs, but due to the eternalist stance. Non-supernatural eternalist systems are equally false and have the same malign emotional dynamics.

Atheists (particularly new ones) are especially susceptible to non-theistic eternalism, because of the experience of groundlessness when the supposed source of meaning is removed.

Then it is highly tempting to find some other ultimate source of meaning, as a bulwark against nihilism. In the next several pages, I’ll discuss several non-theistic alternatives to God, which are just as harmful.