Sunday, 12 February 2012

The anxiety of atheism

Atheism is the freedom of faith; which is to say—it is faith viewed from the perspective of the most profound existential freedom. This brings it close to what Kierkegaard describes as ‘anxiety’:
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom, which emerges when the spirit wants to posit the synthesis and freedom looks down into possibility, laying hold of finiteness to support itself. Freedom succumbs in this dizziness. Further than this, psychology cannot and will not go. In that very moment everything is changed, and freedom, when it again rises, sees that it is guilty. Between these two moments lies the leap, which no science has explained and which no science will explain. [The Concept of Anxiety (1844)]
And there is anxiousness in atheism (how could there not be?)

1 comment:

aelilea said...

I don't buy this at all. Freedom from or of faith does not make you free.

And whether there is any anxiousness involved is a question for the individual. I suspect if you are an Atheist, there may be some anxiousness somewhere, but if you are simply an atheist (in that the term factually fits) there need not be. Probably down to personal history...