The asymmetry of atheism
1/ The first thread was around the idea that atheists have a natural animosity to figurative speech. It seems they generally detest metaphors & any indirect way of approaching the Truth. In this Thread we have an explicit confirmation.
2/ Atheists’ antipathy for any indirect way to explore the Truth is reflected on how they use terms like “evidence”. “Show me evidence for God” is supposed to be a new argument that took humanity 3000 years to develop? And what consists evidence? A digital photo of His Throne?
3/ Hypothesis: Atheism = literalism = detest of indirect & figurative thinking. To fight against religious literalism (can’t get metaphors) → atheists develop anti-religious literalism (still can’t get metaphors). They fight fire with fire.
4/ Yuval Noah Harari just confirmed the hypothesis. Harari (atheist): “As historian I kind of developed a HORROR for METAPHORS because they have been solidified & reified”.
5/ N. Portman: why do you think LITERALISM is more helpful for you? Yuval Noah Harari (atheist): being able to observe reality as it is, to tell the difference between what is REAL and what is just stories, fictions & METAPHORS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ledJBbRfH8g&feature=youtu.be&t=815
6/ That’s why it is easy for a dogmatic atheist to debate a religious fundamentalist, since they both use the same rigid definitions (e.g. faith = blind faith) & read the Bible the same way: literalism. Ironically, it’s exactly what the Bible condemns (pharisaism).
7/ The dogmatic examples that Harari mentions belong to what Christian theologians consider idolatry. Idolatry: taking abstract notions (e.g. God) & reify them into solid materials. Those who need material representation can’t “believe” or “see” Truth in the abstract.
8/ For example, who considers a cast of Priests as a literal “representatives of God” or “representatives of religion”? Two types of people: atheists & religious dogmatics. Jesus had no problem separating the material manifestation of a doctrine (Priests) with the doctrine (God).
9/ Atheist literature is in a state of sin, not as alternative view of reality but as a distortion that:
– lacks consistency (symmetry)
– lacks self-reflection (symmetry)
Dogmatic/atheist literalism is always ASYMMETRICAL, tailored against *others*.
10/ Harari, total hypocrite, admits he sells books by telling stories that “change reality”, since humans need stories. He has a “horror for metaphors”, but makes a living by selling BS speculations and metaphors on undocumented human prehistory (assumptions with zero facts).
11/ Harari also claims we have to create new stories & metaphors to promote awareness for issues like… climate change. And it’s exactly what the Pope, in 2019, is also trying to do. With all-knowing Cardinals trying to educate the pleb with the Truth.
12/ Hypocrisy = Asymmetry
While the theologically-inclined are organically open to discuss “conspiracy theories” about possible antichrists (puppet masters) of this earth, atheists ridicule this tendency as being nonfactual, religious, conservative, conspiracist.
13/ Asymmetry 1: Until it’s time for atheists to promote their own crazy conspiracy theories on how religion controlled everything in the past and it’s still the #1 problem we have to tackle (you know the story) while atheism brings the best out of people.
14/ Asymmetry 2: in 2019, Harari still believes the #1 threat comes from “religious thinking” and not, let’s say, the crazy liberals. The teachings of Jesus are represented by what institution exactly? The Parliament? The banks? The Universities? By Who?
By -virtually- nobody.
15/ Asymmetry 3: atheists typically read history by listing examples of religious dogmatism. Typically they compare actions of ILLITERATE believers w/ a LITERATE secular atheists. They almost NEVER compare actions by people from same socio-economic background. ( cont >>)
16 / So, they don’t compare peasants w/ peasants. They don’t compare educated w/ educated, rulers w/ rulers etc. e.g.: Byzantium introduced 1st Christian Emperor (religious “dogmatism” etc.) But in Rome, we have 1st LGBT activist Emperor to compare with, his name was Nero.
17/ When it comes to notions, atheists compare [modern] scientists w/ [ancient] peasants, not w/ scientists & logicians.
➤The notion of δημιουργoς (Creator) was examined by Plato / Aristotle centuries before the gospels
➤The concepts of physics & soul have same origin: Thales