Why Atheism Is Morally Bankrupt … among other things

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Why Atheism Is Morally BankruptBy Ben Shapiro | CNS NewsIf you walk around Washington, D.C., on a regular basis, you’re likely to see some rather peculiar posters. But you won’t see anything more peculiar than the ads put out by the American Humanist Association. “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness sake,” say the signs, in Christmas-colored red and green. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Just be good for goodness’ sake. You don’t need some Big Man in the Sky telling you what to do. You can be a wonderful person simply by doing the right thing. There’s only one problem: without God, there can be no moral choice. Without God, there is no capacity for free will. That’s because a Godless world is a soulless world. Virtually all faiths hold that God endows human beings with the unique ability to choose their actions-the ability to transcend biology and environment in order to do good.Without a soul, freedom too is impossible-we are all slaves to our biology. According to atheists, human beings are intensely complex machines. Our actions are determined by our genetics and our environment. According to atheists, if we could somehow determine all the constituent material parts of the universe, we would be able to predict all human action, down to the exact moment at which Vice President-elect Joe Biden will pick his nose. Freedom is generically defined as “the power to determine action without restraint” (Random House). But if action without restraint is impossible, how can we fight for freedom? If there is no God, there is no freedom to choose. If there is no freedom to choose, there is no good or evil. There is merely action and inaction. There is no way to “be good for goodness’ sake”-that would require an act of voluntary will far beyond human capacity. Atheists simply gloss over this point. The American Humanist Association states on its website, whybelieveinagod.org, “We can have ethics and values based on our built-in drives toward a moral life.” Without a soul, this is wishful thinking of the highest order. Since when does biology dictate a moral drive? If it did, wouldn’t man always get more rather than less moral-wouldn’t history be a long upward climb? What about the murderers, rapists, child molesters and genocidal dictators? Are they all ignoring that “built-in drive toward a moral life”?
Continue reading this story HEREAt AnswersInGenesis.org, Dr. Jason Lisle observes that Atheism is an Irrational Worldview, and that “The atheist might say, ’Well, I can reason just fine, and I don’t believe in God.’ But this is no different than the critic of air saying, ’Well, I can breathe just fine, and I don’t believe in air.’ This isn’t a rational response. Breathing requires air, not a profession of belief in air. Likewise, logical reasoning requires God, not a profession of belief in Him. Of course the atheist can reason; it’s because God has made his mind and given him access to the laws of logic-and that’s the point. It’s because God exists that reasoning is possible. The atheist can reason, but within his own worldview he cannot account for his ability to reason.”
More deeply philosophical tidbits can be found at ThinkingChristian.net, where the author presents pretty much the WHOLE ATHEIST PACKAGE … which, by the way, is not merely a “lack of belief in God.”
Atheism entails that the universe is impersonal and amoral.Atheism entails that there is no ultimate good (though some atheists like yourself will allow for contingent, local, or particular goods).Likewise and with the same kind of condition attached, atheism entails that there is no ultimate meaning, no ultimate morality, no ultimate beauty, no ultimate purpose for anything.Atheism entails that the end of physical life is the end of existence.Atheism entails that all human experience is neuronal/electrical/chemical; and though some atheists have proposed ways to rise above that (some kind of epiphenomenalism, for example), they have never been able to explain it.Atheism entails the same specifically for human consciousness and rationality.Atheism entails that if any sense of meaning or purpose is to be found in human life, it is found in the contingent and accidental experience of humans-for even the existence of humans is contingent and accidental.Atheism entails that what I do today will not matter for very long, a few generations at most.Atheism entails that every religion is wrong.Atheism entails that the universe will one day be empty.Atheism entails that humans and animals and plants and bacteria and rats and pigs and dogs and boys (Google the last four) are ontologically the same thing.Atheism entails that if one chooses humanism as one’s form of atheism, that choice is made for entirely contingent reasons, probably related to one’s nation and culture of birth and upbringing, and that there is no better reason than that to choose humanism as one’s ideology, since atheism provides no reason to choose humans as having any particular value.
So … go ahead and claim your humanism, but please don’t try to tell me your atheism doesn’t carry any ideological freight with it.
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Comments (2)

  • Patrick Oden


    “If there is no God, there is no freedom to choose.”

    Any idea what this premise is based on? Why would a god be necessary for choice? Why would a god be necessary for logic?

    Atheism may indeed entail that every religion is wrong, but don’t nearly all religions entail that every other religion is wrong? I hardly see a difference, and certainly not a practical difference.


  • Editor


    I believe the author’s premise about freedom of choice addresses the issue of forces much greater than a single human being in a “godless” universe. I haven’t thoroughly thought out the “one religion versus another” question but it does bring up a point about one of them might actually be RIGHT.


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