Wed 27 May, 2009 10:52 pm
In Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, it seems he wants to be atheist by believing atoms randomly form our universe. At other times, he credits some natural "order" with overseeing how the atoms come together. He'll call this "Venus," "nature," or just simply "natural order." Is he contradicting himself or am I not reading this correctly? For now, I'm concluding he wishes to be atheistic but ends up confessing a singular ruling force which is a step towards monotheism(?).
He's no more and no less of a theist than any modern self-proclaimed 'atheist' physicist.