10 Conflicting Beliefs of Modern Atheism
by Lenny Esposito
Recently, I saw an article by Ben Johnson on Life Site News listing “15 contradictions you have to believe to fit in with pop culture.” The article was clever enough and it dealt mostly with the tension of conflicting beliefs of those who would hold up abortion as acceptable. I decided to take a stab at a similar list, looking at beliefs of the pop atheist community and how some of their views sit in conflict with one another. Below are ten beliefs that I’ve found most atheists to hold, and how they sit in conflict with other affirmations. I’ve provided links to articles I’ve written that explore each of these statements a bit more. For item #5, though, you’ll have to grab a copy of True Reason and read my chapter on the argument from reason to get a fully developed argument.
- Apparent design in creation can usually be explained, even if the explanation appeals to transitions and development even when science has absolutely no clue as to how such development occurred. However, appealing to a designer should be immediately dismissed as a “God of the Gaps” argument.
- Good and evil are not objective, but simply the shared preferences of individual cultures and they can change from culture to culture – unless one is talking about the God of the Bible. He’s objectively evil.
- Since miracles are much more rare than our everyday experiences, it would be more reasonable to ascribe a seemingly inexplicable event to possible sources we know could account for the event. However, assuming something like the cell that shows fantastic complexity and apparent design is actually the product of design is completely unreasonable.
- The fact that divergent religious claims try to explain the existence of the cosmos prove that all religions are false while the fact that there are divergent scientific theories seeking to explain the existence of the cosmos is how knowledge is acquired and is necessary to eventually arrive at the right conclusion.
- Reason is the only reliable way to establish what is true, and we reason with brains that evolved only for survival value with no regard for the truth of a belief…
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