2 thoughts on “The Atheist’s Way – Dr. Eric Maisel Episode 18”

  1. Rich,
    I think the term for that is "Christian Nihilism", i.e. the ideology that "apart from God, life is meaningless". When I fell from my New Agey Lefty pseudo-Xtian beliefs (a mercifully brief but embarrassing episode of my life in graduate school–damn Postmodernism *grumble*), I definitely descended into a personally dark nihilism and depression of my own.

    What got me back was taking a break from the writing of my MA thesis and going back and reading a lot of "Intro to Western Philosophy" type books, recounting the history of Western thought from the pre-Socratics to the present. It was like performing a full system reboot on a computer…and eventually I was able to rebuild a coherent, secular, humanistic, rational world view.

    I also came out of it a much more confident atheist than I had been previously in my teen years, when I was more outraged at religious hypocrisy and the sex-negative views of the religious than anything else.

    Although I'm skeptical of anyone who says "I was an atheist, now I'm religious", I guess I did go through that–but only by taking leave utterly of my rational faculties by trying to really wrap my head around Postmodernism…I completely reject PoMo today.

    I really enjoyed a work called _Reclaiming the Enlightenment_ by Stephen Eric Bronner, which helped me solidify my views coming out of the messy morass of muddled PoMo thought.

  2. JJR commented: "It was like performing a full system reboot on a computer…and eventually I was able to rebuild a coherent, secular, humanistic, rational world view."

    I like your analogy. I'm beginning to realize that one does not really start living a coherent life until one is willing to do a system reboot. I think Socrates had a good point: "The unexamined life is not worth living…"

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