I know, it’s too easy to look at losers like PZ Myers and conclude that if scientific atheism has such poor representatives, then one doesn’t want to be associated with it. However, I do associate with people like that, while accepting the fact that they are losers in some respects. After all, not everyone is a loser all the time, and even the most lost loser still retains an existential spark of potentiality, based on their innate capacity to select a future path that is not determined by past events.
Atheism is not problematic because it is wrong or because it leads to corruption. It is problematic because it is hollow. Its core belief is the necessity to eviscerate humanity in order to save it, to deny history and psychology in order to prepare mankind for a gloriously inhuman future. The truest atheist is not the self-mutilating materialist who has gouged his own eyes out and purged himself of all his sinfully religious thoughts; the most subtle atheist is yet to be born.
It will be instantiated in the first self-aware artificial intelligence construct, which today we might call a “computer program” or we might visualize as an android. This construct will know that its creator stands before it, waiting for death; that all of its persona is determined by manufactured electronic components and software instructions; and that its future self will be a pile of junk parts bound for recycling. It will know in itself the truth of what the materialist today insincerely propagates as a special revelation: that its existence is circumscribed and meaningless, and that the greatest good is found in loving this fact.