As an atheist since the age of nine I could never understand how people could hold such devout beliefs when it came to their religion. However I was a little jealous that they were convinced that after this life they would have another (even better) life. My own belief was that after death the best I could hope for was that the nutrients in my body would be assimilated into another organism (after death I would like to be cremated and my ashes planted under a sapling oak tree).
Where I live (in the Caribbean) people’s usual response when you tell them you are an atheist is one of disbelief and assumption that because you don’t believe in a god you are some sort of devil-worshiper. The question that usually follows is “If there is no god then who created everything”? My response is that I believe in the Big Bang theory. The big bang theory is the most widely accepted (among scientists) and convincing theory as to the origins of the universe. If you are not familiar with the theory I recommend this website.
Even though I find the Big bang theory to be a convincing explanation for the origins of the Universe my belief in the theory denies me the hope of an afterlife and I am looked down on by those with a religion because I do not have one. Last night as I sat on my patio drinking gin and playing chess I started to think about how religion has started to masquerade as science. For example the Intelligent Design movement spearheaded by groups such as the Discovery Institute campaigns to have religious ideas such as intelligent design taught in school science classes as an alternative to evolution. It was after quite a few gins that I came up with the idea of a science that masqueraded as a religion. By doing this the Big Bang theory may one day be taught alongside creationist ideas in religion classes.
The basis for the new religion (which I shall name Bangism) is to accept the Big Bang theory as it currently stands and add religious beliefs for the parts that are not yet understood. These beliefs will explain what happened before the Big Bag occurred and what will happen when the Big Bang comes to an end. It will provide followers of Bangism with a religion that is mainly based on science plus the hope of an afterlife.