Atheists Refusing to Act Like Atheists
by Melissa Cain Travis
Consider these words from the famous agnostic philosopher, Bertrand Russell:
All the labors of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and the whole temple of man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins. All these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built.
Russell, Why I am Not a Christian ( 1957), p. 107
Christian philosopher Dr. William Lane Craig totally agrees with Russell’s assessment of reality when it is considered through the lens of an atheistic worldview:
Scientists tell us that the universe is expanding, and the galaxies are growing farther and farther apart. As it does so, it grows colder and colder as its energy is used up. Eventually, all the stars will burn out, all all matter will collapse into dead stars and black holes. There will be no light; there will be no heat; there will be no life; only the corpses of dead stars and galaxies, ever expanding into the endless darkness and the cold recesses of space–a universe in ruins…Not only is the life of each individual person doomed; the entire human race and the whole edifice and accomplishment of human civilization is doomed…There is no escape. There is no hope.
Craig, On Guard (2010), p. 31
So, in a consistent atheistic paradigm, there is no ultimate value in ANYTHING. One day, it will all be gone without a trace, and mankind may as well have never existed. All of man’s intellectual, artistic, and philanthropic achievements will have been for naught Great efforts to save the planet, conserve natural resources, and make life better for future generations will have been futile, at best. . Social justice and individual liberties don’t even matter if everything is destined for obliteration, anyway.
According to atheism, everything we know and experience came from stardust, and will, in time, return to stardust. Our lives are those of briefly animated cosmic dust bunnies…
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