A Philosophical Approach to Atheism
I think the perception of the disbelieving in god comes quite naturally from the development of human itself. The idea of god is a creation of Human, not the other way around. And that truth is certainly becoming clearer because of the advancement of science and technologies. In the early development of civilisation, humans were not quite as self-sufficient as they are now in modern day. They had a lot of things which they couldn’t explain or had control over. For example, the changes of weather or natural disasters. They hadn’t developed the scientific knowledge over these uncontrolled yet big phenomena of nature which potentially had substantial impact on their life. As a lack of resource against it, they develop the tendency to look for mercy even from these immaterial such as fire, clapping thunder or perhaps storm. And this act as a subordinate pledging itself under the mercy of a superior and stronger subject is still noticeable in the animal kingdom. For example, Konrad Z. Lorenz who is a founding father of ethology suggested in one of his work with dogs and wolves, that when in severe fight; when one individual cannot stand the others attack, it remains motionless and offers the side of his neck without any protection to the superior individual. Similar type of behaviour can also be noticed in other sorts including cats, when the dominant attacks the subordinate, it lays on its back exposing its most vulnerable part. Similarly, when our early ancestors couldn’t control or understand these elements of nature, they used their natural tendency to look for mercy from it, considering them as superior powers. However, in modern days, with the advancement of science and technologies human are far more sophisticated than ever before to understand and potentially dominate or diverge itself from such phenomena which weren’t possible before.
One will not pray to god before he/she is going to reach for the pencil on the table. Because he/she acknowledges that such task is well under his/her capability to accomplish.