The Church of Atheism of Central Canada is an institution founded to advance religion by preaching the faith of Atheism to adherents of the said faith.
What is Atheism?
The time has come for widespread recognition of the radical changes in religious beliefs throughout the modern world. The time is past for mere revision of traditional attitudes. Science and economic change have disrupted the old beliefs. Religions the world over are under the necessity of coming to terms with new conditions created by a vastly increased knowledge and experience. In every field of human activity, the vital movement is now in the direction of a candid and explicit Atheism. In order that Atheism may be better understood we, the undersigned, desire to make certain affirmations which we believe the facts of our contemporary life demonstrate.
Today man’s larger understanding of the universe, his scientific achievements, and deeper appreciation of brotherhood, have created a situation which requires a new statement of the means and purposes of religion. Such a vital, fearless, and frank religion capable of furnishing adequate social goals and personal satisfactions may appear to many people as a complete break with the past. While this age does owe a vast debt to the traditional religions, it is none the less obvious that any religion that can hope to be a synthesizing and dynamic force for today must be shaped for the needs of this age. To establish such a religion is a major necessity of the present. It is a responsibility which rests upon this generation.
Founding Principles of Atheism
Derived from the Holy Book of Atheism the following are the founding principles of the religion of Atheism:
1. Atheists regard the universe as self-existing and not created. The universe and everything inside of it is made of pure, physical Energy. [Genesis 1:1, Holy Book of Atheism]
2. Atheists believes that humans are a part of nature and that has emerged as a result of a continuous process that can be explained by science. [Genesis 1:2 to 1:28. ibid.]
3. Atheists reject traditional dualism of mind and body. The mind and body are one and one is Energy. [Genesis 1:27. ibid.]
4. Atheists recognizes that humans' religious culture and civilization, as clearly depicted by anthropology and history, are the product of a gradual development due to his interaction with their natural environment and with their social heritage; the individual born into a particular culture is largely molded by that culture.
5.: Atheism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values. Obviously Atheism does not deny the possibility of realities as yet undiscovered, but it does insist that the way to determine the existence and value of any and all realities is by means of intelligent inquiry and by the assessment of their relations to human needs. Religion must formulate its hopes and plans in the light of the scientific spirit and method.
6. The time has passed for monotheism, polytheism, deism, theistic modernism, and the several varieties of “new thought”.
7. Religion consists of those actions, purposes, and experiences which are humanly significant. Nothing human is alien to the religious. It includes labor, art, science, philosophy, love, friendship, recreation–all that is in its degree expressive of intelligently satisfying human living.
8. Atheism considers the complete realization of human personality to be the end of man’s life and seeks its development and fulfillment in the here and now. This is the explanation of the humanist’s social passion.
9. In the place of the old attitudes involved in prayer, the Atheists finds religious emotions expressed in a heightened sense of personal life and in a cooperative effort to promote social well-being.
10. It follows that there will be no uniquely religious emotions and attitudes of the kind hitherto associated with belief in the supernatural.
11. Atheists will learn to face the crises of life in terms of his knowledge of their naturalness and probability. Reasonable and manly attitudes will be fostered by education and supported by custom. We assume that Atheists will take the path of social and mental hygiene and discourage sentimental and unreal hopes and wishful thinking.
12. Believing that religion must work increasingly for joy in living, Atheists aim to foster the creative in man and to encourage achievements that add to the satisfactions of life.
13. Atheists maintains that all associations and institutions exist for the fulfillment of human life. The intelligent evaluation, transformation, control, and direction of such associations and institutions with a view to the enhancement of human life is the purpose and program of Atheism. Certainly religious institutions, their ritualistic forms, ecclesiastical methods, and communal activities must be reconstituted as rapidly as experience allows, in order to function effectively in the modern world.
14. Atheists are firmly convinced that existing acquisitive and profit-motivated society has shown itself to be inadequate and that a radical change in methods, controls, and motives must be instituted. A socialized and cooperative economic order must be established to the end that the equitable distribution of the means of life be possible. The goal of Atheism is a free and universal society in which people voluntarily and intelligently cooperate for the common good. Atheists demand a shared life in a shared world.
15. We assert that Atheists will: (a) affirm life rather than deny it; (b) seek to elicit the possibilities of life, not flee from them; and (c) endeavor to establish the conditions of a satisfactory life for all, not merely for the few. By this positive morale and intention Atheism will be guided, and from this perspective and alignment the techniques and efforts of Atheism will flow.