Atheism

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A c.2017 picture (Ѻ) of an "atheist Christmas tree", with various atheism books hanging from the branches, e.g. Carl Sagan (1985), Michael Shermer (1999), Richard Dawkins (2006), Bernard Sarachek (2009), Bill Nye (2014), Julien Musolino (2015).[1] Person at right seems to be holding a Thomas Paine air fan.

In terms, atheism (TR:677) (LH:22) (TL:699), from a- “not” or “without” + theos- “sun god”, + -ism, "doctrine or idea", refers to disbelief in the existence of god or gods, or disbelief in the view that the sun is god, or equivalently that natural things, e.g. the earth, sky, constellations, etc., are gods, or that natural phenomena, e.g. heat, energy, force, lightening, etc., is god or the work, will, act and or creative powers god.

Overview

Christmas tree

In c.2017, the Freethought Society[2], in Pocopson, Pennsylvania, made an "atheist Christmas tree", pictured adjacent, with various "atheism" themed books hanging from the branches, e.g. Carl Sagan (1985), Michael Shermer (1999), Richard Dawkins (2006), Bernard Sarachek (2009), Bill Nye (2014), and Julien Musolino (2015), whose book The Soul Fallacy, we note, is quoted on the soul terminology reform page.[3]

Angel | Bennu

Related to soul terminology reform ("asoulism") and Christmas, we point out that the "angel" at the top of traditional Christmas Trees[4], in the original version of the myth, e.g. Heliopolis creation myth (c.2700BC), was the bennu bird, believed to be the "soul" of Ra the sun god, which burst forth, at the point of creation, from the tip of the pyramid, shown below left:

 

Later, during the "post Atenism recension" (1250 BC), aka Theban recension, when Osiris and Ra became equal in power, as supreme gods[5], the myth was rescripted such that the bennu bird, then in the form of the ankh of Ra, was said to be born out of the top of the djed pillar, aka the backbone of Osiris (or tamarisk "evergreen tree"), as shown above middle. The most-famous illustration of this is the depiction (see: illustration) of "Ra rising out of Osiris" (Papyrus of Ani, 1250BC). Subsequently, as this yearly celebration myth passed through Europe, as a yearly cultural tradition, the djed pillar / tamarisk tree, became the "Christmas tree", and the Bennu / sun became the Christmas tree "angel" (with halo).

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See also

   
  • Zerotheism

References

  1. (a) Sagan, Carl. (1985). Contact. Publisher.
    (b) Shermer, Michael. (1999). How We Believe. Publisher.
    (c) Dawkins, Richard. (2006). The God Delusion. Publisher.
    (d) Sarachek, Bernard. (2009). An Atheist’s Testament. Publisher.
    (e) Nye, Bill. (2014). Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation. Publisher.
    (f) Musolino, Julien. (2015). The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain from Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs (Forward: Victor Stenger) (Ѻ) (pg. 154). Prometheus Books.
  2. Freethought Society – FTSociety.org.
  3. (a) Sagan, Carl. (1985). Contact. Publisher.
    (b) Shermer, Michael. (1999). How We Believe. Publisher.
    (c) Dawkins, Richard. (2006). The God Delusion. Publisher.
    (d) Sarachek, Bernard. (2009). An Atheist’s Testament. Publisher.
    (e) Nye, Bill. (2014). Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation. Publisher.
    (f) Musolino, Julien. (2015). The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain from Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs (Forward: Victor Stenger) (Ѻ) (pg. 154). Prometheus Books.
  4. Christmas Tree – Hmolpedia 2020.
  5. Supreme god timeline (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.

Forums

  • Atheism (2.6M members; ~1.9K active; focus: general; launch: 2008) – Reddit.
  • Ex-Muslim (83K members; ~1.8k active; focus: ex-Muslim; launch: 2010) – Reddit.
  • True Atheism (96K members; ~130 active; focus: thoughtful atheism, no politics; launch: 2011) – Reddit.
  • Debate an Atheist (70K members; ~90 active; focus: debates; launch: 2010) – Reddit.
  • Atheism in India (6.7K members; ~25 active; focus: Indian atheism; launch: 2011) – Reddit.
  • Ask an Atheist (2K members; ~25 active; focus: Q&A; launch: 2011) – Reddit.
  • AntiTheism (9K members; ~15 active: focus: eradicate religion: launch: 2008) – Reddit.
  • Atheist Videos (9K members; ~15 active; launched: 2012) – Reddit.
  • The Great Project (9K members; ~10 active; focus: deconversion; launch: 2011) – Reddit.
  • Atheism+  (4.7K members; ~9 active; focus: pro-rights; launched: [date], by Jen McCreight): 2012) – Reddit.
  • AtheismPhilosophy (22 members; launched: 2021, by Libb Thims) – Reddit.

Other

  • Forum – AtheistRepublic.com.
  • Atheism (10 members; launched 2021) – Hmolpedia Forum.

Videos

  • Ilic, Dan. (2011). “Children’s Books on Atheism | Dan on the Street” (YT), CJA, Aug 24.
  • Nasser, Tahir; Nasser, Umar. (2020). “A Brief History of Atheism: Nick Spencer” (YT), Rational Religion, Jan 5.

Further reading

  • Blessing, Kimberly A. (2013). “Atheism and the Meaningfulness of Life”; in: The Oxford Handbook of Atheism (editors: Stephen Bullivant, Michael Ruse) (§7:104-18). Oxford.

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