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An atheist republic

By Shivute Kaapanda [Think Tank Africa]

That God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent is an ordinary chorus echoing with no tangible wisdom in it nor does it find meaning in present day rationality.

The atheist republic shall be the daughter topic in the conscious room which is a major topic of the critical conscious university which is an overall conscious component of The Conscious Republic movement.

The conscious republic shall find refuge in all types of critical consciousness and be able to face many things philosophically and otherwise. That nothing and no one enjoys some state of sacrosanctity in this universe is the order of conscious activism in order to transform the world.

That somebody belongs to Islam or a Christian does not make anybody superior to another but what is common between the two is the common theistic element that certain things or events must be caused by unknown agents and such agents are unknowable and therefore be reduced to gods.

Religion is a shortcut to reality; it makes people lazy to think, provides false solutions, allows for narrowmindedness and more worse it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world and teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are really not answers at all.

In the beginning I have mentioned that experience is believed to be the essence of consciousness, on the contrary I have also put a challenged forward that to be a philosopher is to reflect upon the implications of our experience, of the beliefs we hold as humans and of the things we say.

A philosopher is first and foremost a reflective person, I believe as did Socrates, that an unexamined life is shallow and that unexamined beliefs are often mischievous and mostly dangerous, and this is why we tend to be perplexed about and inspect more carefully matters which less reflective persons either take for granted or brush aside as of no practical value.

I have a fancy to say any belief, dogma or creed – social political, moral or religious –  must be subject to scrutiny; in the conscious room nothing is sacrosanct, whether it is a church, a grave or anything imaginable on this earth shall face a litmus test.

On a short note I would like to argue as would Bradley, R &Swartz, N. (1979) in their book “The possible worlds”, that our inability to conceive certain state of affairs does not imply the impossibility of such state of affairs.

Notoriously that there was a time in history of humans when our ancestors thought it was inconceivable that the earth should be round yet obviously the possibility of the earth’s being round was in no way limited by their inability to conceive it but on a contrast, our seeming ability to conceive of a certain state of affairs does not imply the possibility of such state of affairs.

Brandley argued on the threefold distinction of the possible worlds; the actual worlds, the worlds which are non-actual but possible and the worlds which are are neither.

The actual world is a possible world, if something actually exist then it’s obviously possible that it exists; on the other hand not everything that possibly exist does so actually, not all possible worlds are actual.

This argument teaches us on our way to investigate truths, realities and falsities of existence in the world we live in, that God exist or not is a timeless question that we all struggle to answer correctly. Those that believe and those that do not are equally skeptical about their beliefs, those that believe and those that do not believe are not doing so on an equal scale, this shows the variation of human intelligence and the variation in lack of intelligence.

The question is whether God is probable or not demands for scientific evidence on the side of probability so to say God’s evidence of improbability logically demands for the evidence of probability.

Given the lack of evidence of probability, I am therefore inclined to say the probability of God is delusion hence the atheist republic.

– Shivute Kaapanda is a pan-African writer, atheist and philosopher from Eyanda village. This excerpt is from his seminal book “The Conscious Republic” published in 2020.