Is Atheist Evangelism Logical?
by Scott Smith
(1a) The theist believes that since there is a being bigger than us, it follows that he is the ultimate moral authority and we all (theist and atheist alike) will have to answer to him one day.
(1b) The theist also believes that since we are immortal, our consequences (positive and/or negative) for actions in our physical lives are eternal.
(1c) Therefore, the theist has the motivation to tell others about their impending doom that is entirely avoidable. (Not to mention the Christian theist has a mandate to do so.)
(2a) The atheist believe that there is no being greater than us. Therefore, there is no ultimate moral authority and none of us will have to answer to a greater being for our actions.
(2b) The atheist also believes that we are not immortal. It then follows that our consequences (positive and/or negative) for actions in our physical lives will end at our death.
(2c) Therefore, the atheist’s only information to share is their view of the truth. Their only motivation to tell others will be an arbitrary decision because there is no ultimate moral authority. Those they evangelize will be free of all consequence when they die whether they accept atheism or not, so the message, if accepted, will accomplish nothing more than a temporal change of opinion on the subject.
Whether they are right or wrong, theists have logical reasons to evangelize that are rooted within their worldview.
Atheists, even if they are correct on the issue, have no logical reasons to evangelize others to join them that are similarly rooted in their worldview.
Certainly both sides may, and do. Atheists just have no logical grounding to do so…
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