I think it is pretty clear that as of now, Donald Trump’s campaign is imploding and he is on a pathway to a crushing defeat. I also think that his atheism could very well have contributed to his implosion. How could that be?
Trump, as an atheist, is simply someone who does not have any belief in God. As he has said, even when it comes to issues of morality, and deciding what is right and wrong,, “I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”
What you have with Trump is someone who is deeply and thoroughly secular. He is a modern, secular man. As such, he does not live his life around transcendent principles rooted in a reality larger than himself or even humanity. He lives entirely in the self-focused atheisitic “here and now.” And what that means is that his values are not guided by deeply held moral principles but instead revolve around unconstrained hunger – the hunger for power and money, along with the hunger for sex.
As an atheist, Trump views the world as his playground, looking for as much pleasure and happiness as possible. After all, this is the only life he has. Power and money bring him more pleasure and one of his main pleasures is obviously sex. And Trump has a Richard Carrier-like obsession with sex. A lifetime of such carnal obsessions left Trump unprepared for his first Presidential debate, which began his slide in the polls. He’s long lived where non-Trump realities were simply not that important.
Then came the tape.
Trump’s minimally constrained obsession with sex, enabled and nurtured by his atheistic view of reality, has led to his campaign’s collapse, in the form of his now infamous recording.
Trump simply comes across as a man who makes very little effort to control his urges, his emotions, his hungers. He derives his meaning in life from having power, having sex, and being noticed and acknowledged by the masses. Like Dawkins, he wants to be loved by large crowds. In other words, he is a post-Christian, modern, secular man without a larger Reality to constrain those urges.