How likely do you reckon it is that atheists will in the future divide into schools of thought along more defined lines? I figure the possibility is at least pretty good, given the nature of humans.
However, I have a few examples to offer as to how this is somewhat already happening.
In the case where a Buddhist considers themselves atheist (I usually say secular Buddhism, but for this thread let's just say Buddhism) for example- they are an atheist that holds some unverified beliefs and religious premises. Albeit, they are not theistic in nature.
This still constitutes a departure from bare atheism, so I think it's a significant enough difference to note.
Lesser known 'atheistic religions' are Raelianism, Neo-Stoicism, and of course...there's always good old Scientology. None of these believe in gods, and so are inherently atheistic as religions.
However, let's go beyond atheistic religions and discuss mere divisions in non-religious premises. This would be something like the wondrous naturalism of Neil DeGrasse Tyson versus the more analytical naturalism of Daniel Dennett or Sam Harris.
Tyson would emphasize a wonder or awe that the universe and life is as a kind of sum mystery. Perhaps even something akin to non-theistic Monism. The unity of nature is something Tyson loves putting at the center of his views.
On the other end of this you have postmodern philosophy like that of Harris. Harris may not see a unity in nature, or he may not emphasize it if he does. Rather, Harris emphasizes the socialization tendencies of humans as animals, and draws possible scenarios about the development of morality and so on.
This more analytical approach appears different in a very basic sense perhaps than Tyson's wondrous sense about the universe. Harris doesn't go getting giddy feelings of mystery and awe when he looks at the universe.
My question is how long is it going to be, if atheists are indeed the future majority- before they are divided into sects and religions and arguing among themselves over semantics and differences?
Buddhists, Raelians, Scientologists, Taoists, Stoics, Tysonian atheists, Harrisian atheists, Dennettists. I'm trying to be creative in this hypothetical here
What happens if and when atheists start dividing into schools of thought around a teacher or ideal?