Well, the article is more about theism vs naturalistic cosmology, but I argue that in practice, at least, atheists are stuck with some such cosmology.

So yeah, I think theism is wrong for many reasons, especially exoteric, conventional theism as opposed to more sophisticated mysticism. By saying that atheism, or more specifically notheistic cosmology is also wrong, I don’t mean to imply that we should be agnostic specifically about whether a certain Creator God exists. I’m saying we should be humble about the prospects of all ultimate explanations, even while we can safely dismiss irrational contenders such as incoherent versions of theism.

I wrote an article on my blog that gets at the distinction between old and new atheists. The old ones are more Nietzschean and less optimistic or humanistic than the new ones. I’m closer to the old ones in some ways. In particular, I think we should appreciate the horrific implications of philosophical naturalism.

The author H.P. Lovecraft formulates this idea as “cosmicism.” The universe at large is inhuman; it doesn’t have our best interests at heart; we’re stuck in and often deluded by the anti-natural refuges we build. We’re effectively at war with nature, even if we end up destroying ourselves by destroying the environment to deal with our horror of being too knowledgeable for our own good. This is an existential way of bringing up the problems with atheism. But there are many, many problems with theism, too, as far as I’m concerned. Check out the Map of the Articles on my blog (linked in my Medium profile) for my articles on these and other topics.

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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