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Atheists, Morality, and Blind Indifference
by Glenn Smith
As I write this, a terrorist has exploded a bomb at the Boston marathon, killing some and wounding many dozens more. I recall after the 9/11 terrorist acts in Washington, afterward some people were driven toward God and some were driven away. Those driven toward God were reminded of the need for comfort and guidance. Those who were driven away often spoke of the problem of evil, asking how God could have allowed such tragedy.
This blog has spoken many times of the problem of evil (just search for evil or morality in the search box). Christians are often put on the defensive, supplying answers to questions about God, good, power, and evil. Some accept these answers, some do not.
However we view the Christians’ answer, it is far superior to the atheist explanation for the grounding of morality. While we all know that every atheist has a system of morality, they do not have a sufficient explanation for the grounding of that morality.
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Popular atheist spokesman Richard Dawkins, speaking at a national rally in Washington, explained his position quite clearly, saying “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.” He did not completely believe this, of course, for in the same short talk he blamed religion for being evil, having just said that evil does not exist.
But if we were to be consistent with Dawkins’ first statement, then the universe has, at bottom, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference…
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