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Problems with Atheism (Part 2)

(2) Atheism is meaningless

Meaning comes from higher purpose, and this existential reality comes from God. A world without God would be not only amoral but also empty, meaningless. In a world without ultimate meaning, all we can do is pursue our own made-up purposes. Nothing will endure permanently; we will be all but forgotten in a century, and even life on earth will come to an end sooner or later. (If we don’t blow ourselves up, our own sun is scheduled to engulf our planet in flames in 5 billion years). In fact, even with God, life loses its meaning unless we seek him authentically, and are willing to follow the truth. (In 1 Peter 1:18, the apostle Peter refers to the empty way of life resulting when we live carelessly). No wonder that at the dawn of the 20th century the psychologist Carl Jung stated: “Emptiness is the central neurosis of our time.”

(3) Atheism is incoherent

Atheists often claim, “There is no absolute truth.” If nothing is absolutely true, then mustn’t that include the statement itself, which would mean there is absolute truth? The statement is self-refuting. Similarly, “Everything is meaningless” cannot be true because the statement itself must be included in the analysis, in which case it could not possibly be true. (If all statements are meaningless, there can be no exception).

This may sound complicated. Part of the reason that we avoid discussions about God is that they can be complicated and full of emotion. Nevertheless if someone who believes in God is attacked by atheist arguments, it is helpful to know the holes in even fine sounding arguments.

(4) Atheism is incomplete

Atheism explains away spiritual phenomena as functions of neurochemistry, projections of the mind, wishful thinking, or large-scale corporate delusion. Thus it fails to apprehend all of reality. Atheism fails to answer the basic questions of human existence. At best, its answers are incomplete.

(5) Atheism is inconsistent
Because its premises are faulty, it is not surprising that atheism is bogged down in multiple contradictions.

  • Although atheists deny that there is any absolute morality, atheists frequently reject God because of the problem of evil. Yet it will not do to deny that evil is real (on the one hand) while complaining that there’s too much evil (on the other). 
  • Unbelievers often emphasize environmental responsibility (so should believers, as the Bible contains several ecological principles). Yet if humans are on the level of other animals, it’s difficult to prove that caring for the environment is “natural” in the first place. Isn’t it more “natural” for humans to trash the environment?
  • Atheists often denounce believers for their convictions, typically labeling them intolerant. But if it’s wrong to tell others they are wrong, then by what right may atheists tell others they are misguided? A distinction should be made between judging (affirming that a proposition is incorrect, or a behaviour is immoral) and being judgmental (judging without grace or concern for the other), which is condemned in the Bible (Matthew 7:1).