Atheism 2.0 is a new way of looking at religion. Starting with assumption “of course there are no gods /ferries/ etc.” Then asking the important question. Are we faced with fully accepting or rejecting religion completely?
What benefit can Atheists pry from traditions and religious communities?
“Lectures give you a little bit of info, Sermons change your life”
Communication systems refined over Millenia
Obviously you can leave behind the violent hateful garbage and stone-age scientific facts. Real value lies in the way that religions teach lessons, ingrain facts into forgetful minds, and build cooperative communities from fractured societies.
Education Strategies from Religions
The secular world is falling short in standardized testing with the passive lecture monotone format. Secularists teach toward only the rational brain or “top-down” ignoring the role that more primitive emotional though processes contribute. Modern school systems also isolate students and expect them to learn without feeling.
Religious teachings tend to start with very simple concepts based in deep gut feelings, emotions of friendship, and support from a community. Once you are in a state of gratitude, support, and feeling emotionally ready through singing songs then small snippets of information are given. Even the delivery is emotionally charged with voice inflections shouting, whispering, jumping, and hand waving. All the fun doesn’t just happen on the pulput. People are encouraged to join in with Amen, waving arms, or shouting hallelujah. In other religions there are ritual movements, prayers, tastes, smells. All of these sensory experiences open up the mind to learning and associating information with deep emotional systems in the brain.
Repetition is the key to unlocking long term memory and habits, but the secularist approach again misses the power of using the whole brain. Flash are easy to create and justify to school boards, but they are poor learning tools. Instead walking while chanting or singing hymns ingrains concepts into the deepest parts of a persons identity. Again the repetition uses emotion and enhanced feeling through excercise, scents, touch, or a surrounding community to connect with deeper parts of the brain.
Ritual based on Dates
Building on repetition and branding the power of major religion is linked to dates. By identifying your concepts with physical phenomenon like the full moon or changing of the seasons then the learning feels real and visceral. A secular example of this is teaching students the stars with a planetarium. A religious approach would be to sing songs about constellations and astronomers while hiking up a cool ridge outside of town where a dark sky could be found.
By experiencing the milky way and planets in every direction with cool breeze and fresh smells the sense of place overwhelms the mind. People cannot help but make connections between the scientific facts and how they feel, gaining a spiritual experience of there place in it all. This spiritual experience is really massive connections and emotions lining up in the brain. Religion knows that spiritual experiences are the best way to communicate.
Athiest Art Lessons from religion
Art needs to have a purpose. Modern secular art is like a lecture hall. The experience is dry, lonely, in a sterile museum made to interpret the art for the arts sake. Tradiotions of belief rely on art to transmit a very specific message. Who and what to love, but also what to hate. Our base emotions are the canvas that beauty and creativity rest upon. The artists have clear messages and the brand of their belief provides a rich background for each work. Athiests could use this plan by making art a rich communicative experience where people interact, touch, question, and overall understand the deeper emotional drives of the artist.
Art, Life, and Learning is a visceral encounter. Secularism cannot expect people to learn in a dry disconnected fashion. By taking the best elements of religious communication our society can gain a deeper connection to each other and ourselves through studying religious tradition.