|“||Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic un-interestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity...of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead?".||”|
The British columnist Giles Coren wrote in The Times:
|“||But it’s not the nihilism, the soullessness, the lack of poetry, the moral and physical ugliness, the shallow iconoclasm or the vainglory of atheists that bother me most. It’s the boringness.|
Andrew Brown wrote in The Guardian in an article entitled You can't dance to atheism:
|“||...a religion is a philosophy that makes you dance. It pleased me because the book itself can be read as a history of how philosophy grew from dance... There aren't any overwhelming and inspiring collective atheist rituals...|
If I'm right, then liberal, individualistic atheism is impossible as an organising principle of society because any doctrine that actually works to hold society together is indistinguishable from a religion. It needs its rituals.
Atheist Jerry Coyne said about the atheist meetings which he attended:
But to me the speakers and talks have often seemed repetitive: the same crew of jet-set skeptics giving the same talks.
...a few things bothered me, most notably the air of self-congratulation (which I excused on the grounds of enthusiastic people finding like-minded folks for the first time), the “fanboyness” directed at some of the famous atheists (they hardly let poor Richard alone, and I’m not sure he liked that!), and the lameness of quite a few of the talks. Again, how much new can you say about atheism?
Google World: Google trends for the term atheist: May 22, 2017: Interest level at 55 in below chart. Interest level continues to fall.
Google USA: Google trends for the term atheist: May 22, 2017: Interest level at 45 in below chart. Interest level continues to fall.
Google World: Google trends for atheism and agnosticism related terms: May 22, 2017
Google USA: Google trends for atheism and agnosticism related terms: May 22, 2017
Why are atheists so boring?