Political atheism

In hmolscience, political atheism is disbelief in the existence of god, per reasoning, aka the Critias hypothesis, that the theory of god (see: god theory or hypothesis of god) arose form the needs of statecraft. [1]

Overview
In 410BC, Critias stated that the lawgivers of ancient times invented god as a kind of overseer of the right and wrong actions of men.

In 1666, Theophilus Spizelius, in his Radical Atheism, stated that “political atheism”, which he ascribes to Niccolo Machiavelli and Hugo Grotius, is one of two ancient strains of atheism, the other being Epicurean atheism, deriving from the view that belief in god arose from the needs of statecraft. [1]

Quotes
The following are related quotes:

Critias seems to be from the ranks of the atheists when he says that the lawgivers of ancient times invented god as a kind of overseer of the right and wrong actions of men. Their purpose was to prevent anyone from wronging his neighbors secretly, as he would incur the risk of vengeance at the hands of the gods.”
Sextus Empiricus (c.200AD) (Ѻ)

See also
Atheism terminology
Atheism types by denial and belief
Atheism types

References
1. (a) Spizelius, Theophilus. (1666). Radical Atheism (1666) (Ѻ)(Ѻ). Publisher.
(b) Kors, Alan C. (2014). Atheism in France, 1650-1729, Volume I: the Orthodox Sources of Disbelief (pg. 162). Princeton University Press.

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