Posts Tagged ‘Atheism’

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“Without God, a perfect, objective, supernatural being to create people with purpose and meaning, then purpose and meaning are self-derived from the minds of men. Men who are purposeless and without meaning. The truth is, God exists and He created everything with a purpose and meaning. God created mankind which has inherit value, derived from Himself as we’re all created in His image. If anyone needs a crutch, it is undoubtedly those who reject God, attempting to prop themselves up all on their own.”
– Terrence Covin, from the post “A Life Without God Is A Life Of Fantasy”

via http://jeticsleague.org/a-life-without-god-is-a-life-of-fantasy/

EPH 2:11-13 ESV

11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands-
12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Accusing theists of needing a crutch is a little hypocritical.

Life without God is meaningless and absurd. You don’t know where you came from, why you are here, or where you are going- and yet you create these things from yourself out of thin air…and how paltry they are without an Eternal Being to give them substance and meaning. Your only honest philosophy would be nihilism, and yet you don’t have the courage for that.

Truly Solomon was speaking of this worldview when he wrote:

2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?
4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.
6 The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.
7 All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again.
8 All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
9 What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.

– ECCLESIASTES 1:2-11 ESV

Simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams

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“This is not the case with atheists. People don’t write books about things they don’t have any beliefs about. No one debates about non-beliefs. If they did there would be nothing to talk about.

This attempt to change the definition of atheism to a lack of belief is a tactic to try to shift the burden on proof. But it won’t work. The belief that there is no God is a belief. And if the atheist thinks it is a reasonable belief, he should have evidence to believe it.
– Tim Barnett, from the article “Is Atheism Simply a Lack of Belief in God?”

via http://feedly.com/e/bGdQnP68

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“Although morality is arguably just as murky for the religious, at least there is some bedrock belief that gives a reason to believe that morality is real and will prevail. In an atheist universe, morality can be rejected without external sanction at any point, and without a clear, compelling reason to believe in its reality, that’s exactly what will sometimes happen.”

Read that last section carefully, because Baggini is arguing, as we have argued here many times, that atheists have a hard time grounding morality, much harder than the religious do.  Speaking to his atheists friends, he says, “Anyone who thinks it’s easy to ground ethics either hasn’t done much moral philosophy or wasn’t concentrating when they did.”

Baggini also admits that “in an atheist universe, morality can be rejected without external sanction at any point, and without a clear, compelling reason to believe in its reality, that’s exactly what will sometimes happen.”  In other words, on atheism, the ability to rationally reject morality is built into the system.  There is nothing that ultimately guarantees that morality can be grounded, and so an atheist who decides that morality is simply optional is within their rational rights to do so.  And, according to Baggini, that is exactly what sometimes happens.” — Bill Pratt

via Can Atheism Lead to Nihilism? | Tough Questions Answered.

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Eric Adams

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“An atheist is one of the most daring beings in creation,—a contemner of God, who explodes His laws by denying His existence.”
-John Foster

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Eric Adams

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“Religions merit our attention for their sheer conceptual ambition; for changing the world in a way that few secular institutions ever have. They have managed to combine theories about ethics and metaphysics with a practical involvement in education, fashion, politics, travel, hostelry, initiation, ceremonies, publishing, art and architecture – a range of interests which puts to shame the scope of achievements of even the greatest and most influential secular movements and individuals in history.”
-Alain de Botton, (Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion, 18)

via http://www.christianapologeticsalliance.com/2013/06/18/an-atheist-admires-the-contributions-of-religion/

Well said. The rise of Scientism has obscured the long held value of metaphysics and the ethics of religion-especially Christianity. Even science has unprovable presuppositions that are based on philosophy, logic, or metaphysics. It is historically arrogant to dismiss metaphysics and theology as a foundational science, simply because we think we know better now because of science. Scientific inquiry will only be beneficial so far. It can never lead to moral improvement, or the appreciation of truth, beauty, or the good. It can never lead beyond the beginning of the universe. It can never lead to the universal cry for meaning and purpose in life. It can only lead to despair.

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams

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“Atheism makes a knowledge claim—“God does not exist”—and therefore stands in need of justification, as does the theistic claim, “God exists.” The atheist is not off the hook. If the atheist claims that he simply does not believe in God, then he does not differ from an agnostic, who also doesn’t believe in God. The agnostic’s view is properly characterized as unbelief; the atheist’s is disbelief.”

— Paul Copan, from the Parchment and Pen blog

via http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2014/02/theism-atheism-and-rationality-some-reflections/

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams

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By Tomia, original image en:User:Polylerus [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

It has always puzzled me why atheists even care that someone is a theist. We attempt to live moral, fulfilled lives, and we are relatively happy doing it. If we’re deceived, at least we have purpose, so who cares?

Many atheists are extremely hostile towards theists, especially Christians. I believe the default setting for humanity is to believe in some form of theism. It is atheism that is unnatural, and contrived. Romans pretty much spells this out. That may help explain at least some of the anger. 

“It is interesting that Pieper goes on to argue in his section on our natural knowledge of God that there is no such thing as a real atheist; instead there are only those working hard to suppress this innate and experiential knowledge we all have of God. I concur with Pieper’s observation for I have as yet to find an atheist who can satisfactorily explain why they believe it necessary to attack God as they do. Why don’t we see them arguing against the existence of imaginary beings such as Unicorns, Santa Claus, or the Great Pumpkin? The answer is simple; none of those imaginary beings wrote a law on the atheist’s heart.”
— Jim Pierce

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