On Atheism, Why Seek Truth?
by Thomas Larsen
Let’s suppose, for a moment, that atheism is true and that Christian theism is false; that there’s no such being as God or anything like him. Now: why should people adopt atheism over Christian theism?
“Because atheism’s true, and Christian theism’s false!” a sceptic might reply. Very well; let’s examine the underlying assumption behind this reason for adopting atheism over Christian theism: that people ought to adopt true beliefs over false beliefs. Well, if atheism is true, why is it the case that people ought to adopt true beliefs over false beliefs? After all, if atheism is true, there’s no purpose to the existence of sentient beings; all living beings and civilisations will eventually die, and all advancements in knowledge will eventually be rendered useless. On atheism, there appears to be no reason for why people ought to adopt true beliefs over false beliefs simply because they’re true. But perhaps there’s some other reason for adopting true beliefs over false beliefs on atheism.
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“People ought to adopt true beliefs over false beliefs,” a sceptic might say, “because doing so is likely to eventuate in greater flourishing and happiness of sentient beings than would otherwise be the case.” To which one could respond: really? If atheism is true—if there’s no God, and no ultimate accountability or hope for life beyond death—then can we really be so confident that the adoption of atheism is likely to result in greater flourishing and happiness of sentient beings than the adoption of Christian theism?
Many people—including myself—find the idea of atheism rather depressing and terrifying. If you’re an atheist, there’s a fair chance you’ll feel differently about atheism. But that’s not the point; the reality is that many people, both atheists and theists, find atheism much less comforting and pleasant than Christian theism. On the face of it, it’s pretty easy to see why that’s the case…
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