Modern atheists today
Atheism is a complex yet witting and exhaustive philosophy. It is a marriage of evolution, humanism, and freethinking. They deny God, who for them, is a product of necessity for organized religions who dictates an arbitrary and capricious moral fiat.
A leftover of classical atheism, its no longer an intellectual debate. Today’s atheism is but a militant attempt to pussyfoot, if not shame Christians. Hence, the lowly argument of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to a malevolent protest.
The most common type of modern atheism
The concept of God is unknown and probably unknowable. Like an invisible force that is impersonal. It beyond human understanding; therefore, you can neither prove nor refute God’s existence.
Example: Carrie Fischer (Princess Leia), is “seeker-agnostic.” She was raised protestant but described herself as an “enthusiastic agnostic who would be happy to be shown that there is a God.”
Antitheist or Militant Atheist
There is no creator, hence no God. These people uphold that everything evolved from nothing. They deny a creator and actively pursue the “religion of atheism.”
Humanists or Existentialist
There is no God, but there is a “universal force” that is in all of us. Thus we are the “little gods” of the universe. Some are intellectuals who seek the betterment of society by promoting humanity.
Example: Philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand. She is an intellectual atheist, freethinker, and humanist all at the same time.
Freethinkers or Intellectual Atheist
Spirituality and morality are defined by logic, reason, not by authority or a higher being because God does not exist. Today, it is loosely interpreted to mean that you are “free to think” how you want to live your life.
Example: Traditionally, these are the likes of Robert Ingersoll or William Du Bois. Today, most of them are LGBTQ people who call themselves “freethinkers” because it frees them from guilt, if not the fear of hell.
Albert Einstein denies he is an atheist. His belief in socialism and liberalism fits a typical freethinker. Although he acknowledged God exists, he is neither comprehensible nor personal. He describes himself as a religious nonbeliever.
It comes from the Greek word pan (all) and Theos (God). They equate God with the forces and laws of the universe. Therefore anything that has power on earth (or cosmos) is a fundamental god. In its broadest term, pantheists worship a panoply of gods.
Example: In culture, Indians have millions of gods. In ancient Rome, they even have an altar dedicated to an “unknown god.” In most traditions, people worship the sun and moon while they call stars by different names of gods.
New Atheists, the God-haters and Denials
Their unbelief goes further by hating the very idea that God exists. It’s new atheism among Millenials. To them, if there is God, he should be “punished” for a lousy job he did. Their painful experience blamed on God, thus deny He exists.
Example: Investigative journalist Lee Strobel had a differing image of his father. Hence, God, who they say is loving, is unreal. His hatred for his dad affected his concept of God. Thankfully, their relationship restored, Lee became a believer.
God’s existence based on feelings and circumstances. Thus, there are seasons of nihilism and doubts. For the most part, God is somewhat real, but impersonal. Which is still denying God because that is not who He is.
Example: Michael and Lisa Gungor were Christians who evangelized and praised Jesus. Christianity for them is “conservative and militant,” and so they formed their home-church devoid of scriptures and God as He truly is.
Christian Agnostics struggle for various reasons, but mostly because they couldn’t contain God in their humanist mindset.
A new form of atheism that labels itself “Christian”
Anti-God doesn’t have to mean the person or group does not believe in God. They could be teaching Biblical principles, but in essence, is anti-Christ. For example, Progressive Humanist Christians and personalists.