Atheism, Agnosticism, and Symbolic Language

In the book beginning on ~ pg. 139 where we examine Supernatural Power, I liken the term “UFO” to the term “God.”

I argue that due to a common sense orientation to reasoning we imbue certain terms (hollow signifiers) with presumptuous meanings, i.e., UFO’s = “little green men,” flying saucers,” etc. as opposed to objects in flight which remain “unidentified” according to some particular nomenclature.

The term “God” is likewise infused with cultural meanings over a vast terrain of subjective ideology as though the noun God unconsciously stands in for innumerable adjectives.

Atheism, as a disbelief in “God,” seems to presuppose that “God” is a thing (in the same manner as a theoist) in itself as opposed to a description. Atheism is thus similar to someone who does not believe in “UFO’s,” all the while assuming that “UFO’s” = “little green men,” and “flying saucers,” etc.

A “UFO” is not a “thing” in and of itself across all cultural and linguistic perspectives but rather refers to any object, which could be described as “flying,” i.e., falling, drifting, souring, etc.

Therefore if the term “UFO” functions as a general description of objects which are unidentified while suspended above ground. The term “God” likewise is a general description rather than a particular thing imbued with presumed meaning across all cultures and linguistic perspectives.

Agnosticism therefore does not presume that the term “God” is a particular ideological object imbued with specific and particular cultural meanings, but rather that it is a generic description across a vast array of cultural and linguistic meanings.

Both the terms “God,” and “UFO,” are hollow signifiers utterly dependent upon who’s cultural meaning is being signified at any given point in time. Therefore both “God” and “UFO” represent a dialectic of descriptions as opposed to particular things.

To argue that one does not believe in “God” is similar to arguing that one does not believe in “UFO’s,” if said disbelief is built upon the common sense falacy that “UFO’s” consist in little green men, et al.

Both “UFO’s” and “God” signify a broad class of possibilities that are utterly dependent upon symbolic language, as opposed to assumed things in themselves.

An Agnostic then is similar to someone who is skeptical of the meaning of “God” or “UFO,” as opposed to assuming their meaning as fixed and immovable.

“God,” and “UFO,” are merely hollow signifiers containing a vast array of possible meanings which are culturally subjective and relative where there is nothing to be “proven” or “disproven” outright, but to be considered contextually. If “God” is merely a description, a description of what?

Until there is an objective description of “God,” Agnosticism is the more uncommon perspective for this writer.






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