But you offer nothing as an alternative to religion other than atheistic nihilism. Atheism taken to its logical conclusion is nihilism. People will follow your ideology and end up at a dead end just as bible literalists have ended up at a dead end unable to answer fundamental questions about life.I certainly can, and probably in more of it than you can mention. I’m not on this blog to address that. I am on this blog to confront the same thing you are... thoughtless fundamentalism. You just confront it with gnosticism. I confront it with their own history and the very human evolution of their orthodoxy.
Well, Paul whiffed and the early church took him elsewhere when the confronted gnosticism as heresy. That’s what we are dealing with now. You can oppose fundamentalism with an attempt at gnostic revival... good luck. The world moved beyond it.
Christian Gnosticism is at its root an inner process of spiritual life. Per Baur, gnosticism “is nothing but the immanent self-revelation of spirit.” The christ is the ever flowing spirit in all pious men. People are looking to the inner spirit for answers. Atheism and bible literalism are dead ends.