Atheism Requires A Little Humility
Defending Truth Apologetics
When conversing with various atheists, I have encountered sort of a self-righteousness that confuses me. There is a certain sense in which many have a very condescending view of anyone they deem stupid enough to believe in a creator of the universe. The funny thing is, there are more problems in explaining reality for those who deny God’s existence, than there are for those who affirm it. Here are a few off the top of my head, just to start:
1. Most atheists are also naturalists or materialists. They believe all that exists is matter. In other words, “In the beginning was the particles…..” If this is the case, then it follows that wherever each person is at this moment is the result of physical processes. We are basically molecules in motion, or “moist robots.” This should mean that our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, etc, are not rational but chemical, and we have no control over them. Whatever sense of morality we have, whatever view of God we have, and whatever else we think, is not something freely chosen or deduced rationally, but rather caused by chemical reactions in the brain. In other words we don’t reason, we just react. There is no free will, we are biologically determined on this view. This means that the atheist has no grounds to think his view is rational, because his beliefs are caused by his biology. Chances are though, most atheists will switch categories, claim they have free will, and yet cling to a worldview that undermines it completely. Atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel argues as much in his book Mind and Cosmos. He writes:
“Evolutionary naturalism provides an account of our capacities that undermines their reliability, and in doing so undermines itself.”
2. Although I am sure some will disagree, it seems that it is atheists who more often than not will take the wildly counter-intuitive position of denying such blindingly obvious things as objective morality, and consciousness, to argue against a creator. Richard Dawkins, a well-known atheist, has famously said, “DNA neither knows nor cares, DNA just is, and we dance to its music.” Atheist Daniel Dennett has also stated that, “consciousness is an illusion.” Despite such bold statements, they will then proceed to argue about the immorality of religion (which is really just people dancing to their DNA supposedly) using what they feel are rational arguments produced by their consciousness which is supposedly illusory…. for everyone but them. Makes sense right?
3. When the best answer your worldview can provide in many cases is “We don’t know,” then it would be polite to not look down on those who draw an inference to the best explanation by positing God. The origin of life, the origin of the universe, and the origin of consciousness are a few things that have no plausible explanation within the worldview of naturalism…
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