As most Lovecraftians know, H.P. Lovecraft was an atheist. Though he did not believe in gods of any sort, in his fiction he created a universe which held quite a variety of them. The difference, of course, is that almost all of these “gods” care not a whit for mankind, and view humans (when they think of them at all) pretty much the same way that we view ants. (With the exception of Nyarlathotep, who seems to delight in pulling off our legs and wings, as Kevin Ross wrote in the introduction to Dead But Dreaming.)
In Lovecraft’s universe — and, all evidence suggests, the real one as well — mankind means nothing to the cosmos. Humans have been around for about 200,000 years in a universe that is almost 14 billion years old, and all we can hope for from that universe is indifference. In fact, in the “Cthulhu mythos”, indifference is quite preferable to the alternative.
So I have a theory: Most serious Lovecraftians are also atheists. True? False? Comment below, and give us your take on this topic!