On being an atheist conservative 3

 Here is an article by me, in NeoConstant: Journal of Politics and Foreign Affairs, setting out some of my thoughts as an atheist conservative. 


I am a convinced law-and-order conservative, an eagerly practicing capitalist, an ideological libertarian. I accept enthusiastically the whole package of US Republican Party policy and sentiment – pro-America, pro-victory in Iraq, pro-gun, anti-abortion (with sensible reservations), pro-death penalty, pro-tax cuts, pro-smaller government, pro-spreading democracy and freedom throughout the world, pro-Israel, anti-welfare – all except one of its usual ingredients: belief in God. I do not accept God.

Quite simply, I cannot believe in God. I am old, past my three score years and ten, and decade upon decade I have read and listened, and there cannot be much that is old or new, famous, terse, verbose, smart, innocent, insidious, widely published or commonly uttered, learnedly debated or popularly discussed on the subject of God that I have not read or heard. Because religious beliefs have been a hugely important factor in our history and the shaping of our world and time, I have long been deeply interested in how and why religions begin and develop. I have pondered well the better pro-God arguments but have found none that will do. Not one. The very lack of proof of God’s existence is a fair argument for his non-existence if one needs to produce such a thing.




Posted under Articles by Jillian Becker on Saturday, July 19, 2008

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  • Jennifer

    I found both your article and your blog incredibly reassuring. Being a conservative atheist seems like a rather lonely path: pretty much everyone I know is either religious and conservative or atheist/irreligious and liberal, and I was beginning to think I was alone. Thanks for the blog, and keep writing.

  • I’m not as militant as some re: atheism. I think God is compatible with Science, but it takes two ways of thinking to achieve both. Science has to exist in one’s mind almost utterly separately from God. One must be able to suspend all disbelief while considering God, and then enter back into the world of reality, evidence, and logic when considering science. Surely the two shall never meet in any reasonable way.

    Please, keep God out of our science classrooms!

  • Fellow Atheist

    Real scientists who believe in god probably were brought up to believe in god, or enjoy the rituals of their religion. It is a self contradiction to believe in god and yet try to explain natural phenomena scientifically. Saying that god made the universe in such a way that science can explain it, is just the same as saying supernatural forces govern the universe. By definition they are supernatural, so they can do anything, so everything can be explained by supernatural forces. No scientist could surely believe this?