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As the numbers of non-believers and Atheists rise; of what value is Atheism and how does it effect governance?
Surveys by Gallup and The Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism indicate an increase in the acceptance of an atheistic philosophy, an increase in those who do not define themselves, as religious and a decrease in the number of people who identify, as religious.
All things change, all the time. The character and definition of deities are no exception, governments are not exempt, humanity and the universe are not exempt.
Deity belief is credited with moral and ethical codes; standards of conduct, that provide a 'truth', a road map for human conduct of both, a personal and social nature. This, 'truth', however has not resulted in any tangible results, as wars, hunger, starvation, ignorance and inhumanity persist.
If, indeed, we are moving toward an atheistic mindset, both of a personal and social construction; what are the moral and social values? Atheism, of itself, says nothing with regards to this. Atheist, originally, a pejorative, now becomes a badge of identity? Where is the operating philosophy? What is the operating philosophy?
Two Atheists of some renown come to mind, one a notable and historic savage. A man who attempted to replace the idea and practice of deity belief, with a Communist/Marxist ideology, thus placing government in an omnipotent capacity, a god. Joseph Stalin is credited with the murder of arguably, 30 to 60 million Russians and more. Is this the Atheism that is being embraced?
An author, a philosopher, an Atheist who heralded and embraced the concept and practice of individual freedom and free enterprise capitalism, one who understood the agonies of the socialism of mother Russia, Ayn Rand.
What is Atheism? How does it manifest itself in society? .