I have decided to come up with this more precise category dealing with contradictory notions of atheism than dumping my brief thoughts into ‘Observations’ because I want to tease out certain ideas a bit.
One of the things I have noticed in the decades I have been having discussions with atheists is that there are a number of memes out there that atheists adopt, often without much thought or reason. These statements are made as if they are self-evident facts, though in reality there is little warrant for believing them at all.
One such claim is along these lines – ‘Atheism is not incompatible with spirituality’ or ‘Atheism is not the opposite of spirituality’.
Atheists who say this are often doing so in response to the fact that modern atheism is rooted in a a material or naturalistic view of the world, a view which fails to account for many aspects of human experience.
The problem with this view though is a rather straight-forward one – spirituality means nothing if it doesn’t have something to do with a spirit or spirits – that is, with an immaterial being or aspect of being. That would seem to be an idea wholly incompatible with atheism, and so it is contradictory for an atheist to makes such claims.