The Gnostic Atheist

I am what you call an “atheist.” Rather, what some term, in my case, a “gnostic” atheist. Whether this appellation is true or false, let others decide. I don’t delve into what philosophical terms or adjectives mean regarding my knowledge. I just know what I am. But say that qualification is true about me being a gnostic atheist. What they mean is clear in the context, right or wrong, in which they say it. I know gods don’t exist. I have no doubts on that head. No questions. Indeed, it is just the universe. That’s it. That’s all. I know so. I don’t believe so. I KNOW so.

Some atheists of another ilk tell me and try to pressure me—indeed, scold me—into not saying that type of “nonsense.” But to change according to others’ desires is not the soul of a free and independent spirit. No, I don’t use that word to mean we have a soul.

I find the religious terms for things that previously were unknown about us—and some which still are—fascinating and beautiful. I still listen to religious songs. I would enjoy music from the Ancient Greeks singing to Zeus. What’s not to love about them? Some, of course, are stupid. Looking at you, Christian Rock. I should be your composer.

Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s GuideRichard Dawkins – Random House; Illustrated edition (October 8, 2019)
Answering Atheism: How to Make the Case for God with Logic and CharityTrent Horn – Catholic Answers Press (September 28, 2013)

But back to gnostic atheism. Many atheists have a problem with me saying I KNOW there are no gods. When I ask why, they say. “It affects all of us.” Well, What do I care. “It affects our cause.” What cause? I have no cause. I just know there are no gods, simple as that. But why am I such an atheist. Let’s talk some physics—although philosophy is just a good a place to debunk what is often no more than a philosophical position.

My argument. The first, about the universe, the space we occupy within it, can indeed also be the last. It is a fact, that if there were gods, there would still be a universe, or something would exist in some way, shape, or form. If there are no gods, there would still be a universe, in anyway, shape, or form.

In short, gods are not needed for something to exist, even if we ourselves did not exist. Something would have to exist, a plane in time, before anything could populate it, even gods. Because gods—as people talk about them—fill a space. That space has to exist before they do, otherwise it is impossible.

There are other points that I might go into. I may dip my toe in the philosophical pond. Indeed I might go into them at another time. But in this bit of an essay, the first argument is the last. The Alpha and the Omega. That’s as good an argument as any to debunk the myths of gods.

From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of MindsDaniel C. Dennett – W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (February 7, 2017)
Seven Types of AtheismJohn Gray – Picador; Reprint edition (December 10, 2019)