If your authority is not sufficient
the power of the universe will suffice.
Do not restrict others
or make them do things you want
and they will stop running from you.
know their power
but do not show it,
know their own quality
but do not use praises or titles.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the three most popular theisms
in the world, teach the existence of one god. As a counter-faith, the
most popular atheisms teach the non-existence of that one god.|
The problem is that there are many other gods that are far more
powerful and debilitating in their belief than Yahweh/Christ/Allah.
Goddesses and gods die, but are always replaced. The power that creates and
animates a god never dies. Upon a god/dess' death, its energy is not
destroyed, only transformed. God-energy is always here among us humans,
waiting for an incarnation.
We amuse ourselves in these modern times with the ignorant ways that the
ancients used to deify stones or trees or animals. We now attend more
seriously those deities that take human form or from whose likeness we were
modeled, and we are most serious with those deities that have
old books that tell us how to conform to their
divine ordinances. These gods, too, are passing away among us, but even
though their personality is lost, their god-energy remains to take on new forms.
As art has changed, so have our gods. As art becomes more abstract and
plays more frequently with the micro-mundane, so too theology changes.
Atheism needs to be aware of these changes and keep apace.
Nietzsche proclaimed that god was dead in 1883. In the 1960's
radical Christian theologians themselves pronounced the death of god.
These were two tell-tale clues that the god-power was changing. At the
sound of those death knells, atheists should have begun hunting for the
future incarnation of the god-energy. So they looked and,
finding no new savior of olympic
quality, rejected the latest religious fads as stillborn gods and casually
maintained the fight against the same old religions. This has been the
major mistake of contemporary anti-theism:
its quixotic battle with the dying mythic gods, while remaining ignorant
of the new gods that have been born inside the secular realm.
The advent of these new gods has even been heralded,
but few have listened.