SIMON PERRY

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New Atheist Creed

5 DIMENSIONS, 10 ARTICLES:

 

Religious

 

• We believe that there can be no god.   (Very different from not believing in god.)

• We believe we are creed-free.   (Creeds are for religious people only.)

 

Philosophical

 

• We believe in the Enlightenment (an eighteenth century worldview) and renounce postmodernity (it undermines our belief structure).

• We believe in logic, reason and science (and have a monopoly on these virtues).

 

Scientific

 

• We believe in the expanding empire of science  (a commitment to a Victorian Scientific Imperialism).

• We believe in evolution, and that all true Christians cannot.

 

Ethical

 

• We believe religion damages the world  (and subscribe to a myth-based reading of history which confirms this).

• We believe our principle moral duty is therefore to oppose religion  (rather than, say, work for political, economic or environmental justice)

 

Political

 

• We believe (consciously or otherwise)  in war on terror,  and that terror has religious motives.

• We believe politics can free itself of religion  (but we can’t decide what religion is).

 

I put this together as part of my research for Atheism After Christendom.  Each article below is supported explicitily by all four of the so-called 'Four Horsemen' of New Atheism (Dawkins, Dennet, Harris and Hitchens).  

 

Here is a downloadable

Pdf with footnotes