The Theism of "A-Theism"

Personally, having reflected on the whole idea of their being no God, I have come to the conclusion that no one is truly an atheist. Kind of a big statement to make, but hear me out.An atheist is someone who does not believe in God, yes? What is "God"? Well, as a Christian, in a light definition, I would say God is someone who can 1. Exist without any thing or being needing to be around first (thus, being a first cause) 2. A God must have the ability to create all things (or, be the source of all things) 3. A God must be totally self-sufficient (needing no one and nothing). Now there other criterion that I would put down, but I have decided on these three because it takes me where I want this post to go.

Now, when I have talked to people about the "Big Bang" I have found that the infinitely(sp?) small particle of "something" has all of the three characteristics I listed above. Let's go through and make sure though, shall we? 1. This particle is the first cause of all things. It existed before anything else and no one has been able to tell me what/who created it, so it must be eternal, if it has ALWAYS been there, yes? 2. This particle had the ability to create all things. Granted it had to explode for this to happen, but creation is creation. 3. This particle was completely self-sufficient. Nothing else was around when it "decided" to go *ka-plow*, and it existed for all those eons (I am guessing) without needing anything else. Now, granted, you cannot pray to said particle, but we do see its handy work in everything, so, at worst, those who believe in the Big Bang are closer to being "Pan-theist" rather than "A-theist".


todangst's picture

You're argument works both

Your argument works both ways - if 'god' can be redefined as a physical entity, then there is really no theism either.


It's semantically simpler to just concede that 'god' is a reference without any referent (i.e. something supernatural) and that atheism is simply a lack of belief in such a claim. 

"Hitler burned people like Anne Frank, for that we call him evil.
"God" burns Anne Frank eternally. For that, theists call him 'good.'