About ΉΣᄂIᄃӨП,

My name is Karl, and I have interests in theology, psychology, philosophy, science and ethics. World of Humanism is where I’m free to share my thoughts

Why I identify as an anti-theist

I will start by saying that I don’t directly hate religion, I just have serious concerns that I can’t ignore and for these reasons I can only say that I’m opposed to organised religion as a whole; especially Abrahamic faiths and their multitude of schisms that have broken away and formed little mini-cults. They all allegedly believe in some form of creator, but that’s about where the agreement on interpretation of scripture ends. Some want Sharia Law; others want dominionism. The idea that a country can run on Islamic Law; or a Christian governed nation primarily influenced by the Bible to rule as a theocracy terrifies me

I know some people find comfort in dark times; or solace when they are feeling alone, and this isn’t where my issues lay. People can go to church, they can praise the Lord until their hearts are content, and as they drift off to sleep that night knowing that soon they’ll be meeting the sweet little baby Jesus in Heaven, the angels will watch them sleep and ward off any evil spirits.

My issue is when religion becomes life itself. Where every decision and every action has to involve god, be for god, or to control under the name of god. When scripture is drummed into a child from an early age and they’re taught never to question. Those people grow into adults and register on social media sites. They attempt to compose genuine arguments using scripture, their own personal subjective opinion of scripture whilst proposing an objective standard of morality, that usually regard the things that they personally deem worthy and moral. They accuse you of misunderstanding scripture if you mention rape, slavery or mass genocide within the pages of the Bible; but in the same moment accuse you of being immoral because you’ve not chosen the path to god. Some fully support the death penalty yet claim to be pro-life. Some claim to be part of a religion of peace but wish for the world to be run under a caliphate that’s extremely strict and extremely brutal in punishment. Some claim to live their lives by the gospels of Christ yet own a collection of hand guns that you’d have to rip from their cold dead hands to take them away.

They ignore proven science like the expanding universe that must have had a point of origin. They ignore the fact that the universe is incomprehensible in size but think that their god thought he’d find a tiny planet deep within some random galaxy and give it the kiss of life; and suddenly man is made in god’s image. Some go so far as to completely disregard evolution as nothing more than a pseudo-science and an atheist religion. Adam and Eve were the first humans and the Bible is the truth. So the remains of fossilised early humans that date back over three million years was just god having a laugh and playing tricks on us? Oh god, you’re so funny.

They sometimes propose a world wide flood that some really old dude had a huge wooden ship that went all around the world collecting every single species of animal; whilst making sure that he remembered where he’d got everything from so he could take them all back home. God was pretty pissed off and drowned everyone else who wasn’t on that ship. I’d hazard a guess that every occupant on that ship was Jewish, and they restarted the human race as we know it. Yet the current population of Jews is around the 0.2% of the world population. So not only did Jews evolve into new ethnicities in just a few thousand years, but created thousands of languages and cultures.

People genuinely believe this shit. This shit influences people’s lives. They see every hardship as god giving them strength when they should be saying ‘fuck you god, gimme a fucking break‘. People are prepared to let someone in their family die because a medical procedure is deemed unclean in some weird belief systems, or thinking it’s perfectly acceptable to genitally mutilate your offspring because of your faith, yet it happens. Others make extremely important decisions whilst in office that allows a god to influence their mindset that could affect millions of people; many who don’t even share the same faith. I’m so tired of reading that religion has the advantage over morality and ethics when it’s historically the root of most evils.

Is Earth destined for a post-apocalyptic or dystopian future?

At the turn of the last century; during the end of the First World War, or the affectionately titled, ‘Great War‘; in which millions died in trench warfare, the planet was hit with the ‘Spanish flu‘ and a third of the population became infected. 500 million people from a global population of approximately 1.5 billion became infected and unfortunately for 50 million people it was fatal. A hundred years on and we could potentially be in a similar predicament with ‘COVID-19’ on a rampage throughout the world; and just today there’s been 50 thousand new cases in the U.K. (but.. from recent videos I’ve seen the testing method is far from accurate, but that’s another story for another day). Yet this time the global population is closer to 8 billion.

I’m sure that you’ll agree that’s a massive increase in such a short time, and it makes you wonder what the population will be like in a hundred years if people aren’t living in a post-apocalyptic world, or some other awful dystopian existence. With there being so much hatred, intolerance and bigotry around it makes me genuinely worry for the future of humanity as we know it; and there are a few other concerns that are quite evidently against humanity as a collective:

The arms race and the potential risk of nuclear destruction on an unprecedented scale.

The environmental disaster that’s imminently coming that’s going to dramatically affect the planet’s climate and inhabitants and is going to cause massive upheaval and potential destruction as the ice melts.

Religions gaining state theocracies and ruling under an iron fist.

Technology is the backbone of modern society. It could also be our downfall.

A potential catastrophic event like an asteroid collision with Earth which some historians think may have been responsible for the demise of the Dinosaur kingdom.

Nuclear devastation

Fortunately since World War II there’s been no devastation of the scale of what happened to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 at the hand of America (with the consent of the U.K.) where hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians were killed by two atomic bombs; Fat Man and Little Boy. Despite that potentially fuelling further actions, thankfully 76 years later, we haven’t experienced anything of that scale, but we are well aware that some world leaders could potentially change that. Notably Iran and North Korea are countries that could unleash nuclear devastation.

Environmental disaster

There are many people that are climate change deniers but the evidence far outweighs conspiracy theories or religious beliefs. The Earth has spent the majority of its 4.54 billion year existence in a state of greenhouse effect where the atmosphere has warned up and has been predominantly carbon dioxide, which acts as a shield keeping the heat in, and in between that several contrasting ice ages. The Earth has always gone through cycles so it’s no surprise that the atmosphere is warming up and glaciers are melting as this has happened before, but this time humans have played a significant role with the burning of fossil fuels and the release of gases from factories and industries. Within the next few centuries the Earth’s life will experience much upheaval and detrimental geographical changes.

Catastrophic event

A catastrophic potential event is called a existential risk, and this could range from bioterrorism, cyber terrorism, pandemic, nuclear war, super-volcanic activity, asteroid or meteor collision, earthquake, mega-tsunami, solar flare, coronal mass ejection (CME) (which is a plasma explosion from the Sun) or a plethora of other things that could lead to near-extinction to humanity or species of wildlife that could dramatically alter the equilibrium of the food chain. The future of our species has a level of uncertainty.

Everything came from nothing

”Atheists believe that everything came from nothing”

Is a straw man fallacy that I’ve read more times than I care to mention. It’s a presumption that being an atheist automatically makes you a believer in the ‘Big Bang’ which theists claim ‘everything came from nothing’.There are two major flaws in this argument.

The first is if the ‘Big Bang’ originated from an initial singularity, or the primeval atom like many astrophysicists suggest then that isn’t ‘nothing’. There was obviously quantum activity which was responsible for the fluctuations that initiated the massive release of energy.

The second is quantum physics states that there’s no such thing as ‘nothing’, as there is always something there even if it’s invisible to the human eye.

Because of quantum mechanics there is no such thing as a state of nothing as there are atoms, photons and neutrinos in the vacuum of space, along with dark matter and dark energy. In other words the blackness of space is littered with activity, and just because it can’t be seen doesn’t mean it’s not there. Black holes have been a tricky thing for scientists to capture images of, as against the blackness of space it would appear as though there’s nothing there. They only know they are there because of the destruction they cause.

I quote the BBC comedy Red Dwarf:

”Well, the thing about a black hole – its main distinguishing feature – is it’s black. And the thing about space, the colour of space, your basic space colour, is black. So how are you supposed to see them?

Take an empty fridge for an example. To the naked human eye there’s nothing in it, and it means that an urgent trip to the grocery store is required. But in reality there are microscopic organisms, germs and bacteria. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean the space is empty.

In regards to the vacuum of space, and understanding that quantum mechanics means there’s activity wherever your scientific equipment is looking, it means that the idea of nothing is an impossibility. Take an empty, unused jar. It seems like there’s nothing there, but it contains the gases in our atmosphere and light particles. Even sealed in a vacuum environment, it still wouldn’t be without activity. So nothing, as a word describing an apparent void, is misleading.

If you’re interested, Here are the results of a 2015 experiment carried out to observe quantum fluctuations without damaging them, but be warned, this isn’t for the faint of heart. This is some complicated science.