An atheistic view of humanity & the world

What do atheists think about the universe and our little race of advanced primates?

Hear them speak:

“The human race is not special.”

– Geoff Dawson, opinion piece, ABC news (Australia)

SOURCE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-03/global-warming-mass-extinction-psychological-impact/11923370

“The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.”

– Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden

 

“Life on Earth doesn’t arise in fulfillment of a grand scheme, but rather as a byproduct of the increase of entropy in an environment very far from equilibrium.  Our impressive brains don’t develop because life is guided toward greater levels of complexity and intelligence, but from the mechanical interactions between genes, organisms, and their surroundings.

None of which is to say that life is devoid of purpose and meaning. Only that these are things we create, not things we discover out there in the fundamental architecture of the world.”

– Sean Carroll, from a blog post The Pointless Universe

 

“That Man is the product of causes that had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve individual life beyond the grave. . . . Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built.”

– Bertrand Russell, A Free Man’s Worship (1903)

 

“The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.” 

– Steven Weinberg (Physicist)

 

“When it comes to causal significance, it seems hard to deny that any individual, no matter how important they are in human history, will be insignificant in the grand scheme of things. We only have influence over a microscopically tiny blip of space-time, after all.”

– Nick Hughes

SOURCE: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/does-the-scale-of-the-universe-make-human-life-pointless-1.3235860

 

There you have it, folks.

If God does not exist, and if there are no supernatural realities, don’t worry: nothing ultimately matters. You are here for no particular reason. For no particular purpose. You have no objective value. Your life has no particular end goal in mind. You’re a blip, so create some meaning for yourself until it’s all over.

As the good book says “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” (1 Corinthians 15:32; NIV)

Nothing ultimately means anything. Why?

No reason.

Atheism & objective moral values

Here is an interesting exchange between Christian philosopher William Lane Craig and atheist Dr. Bernard Leikind. When pressed about how he accounts for moral values and duties, Dr Leikind struggles to put together a cogent case.

The fact is, objective moral values and duties do exist. We all know that. And we know it because we’re created in the image of God.

When you deny the existence of God, you get caught up in the absurd and inconsistent circles of reasoning you find in this video:

Peter Hitchens on ‘Does God Exist?’

Peter Hitchens is a conservative British columnist, author, and speaker. He is the only sibling of the late Christopher Hitchens, one of the world’s most hostile and perceptive atheists. Peter Hitchens also happens to identify as a Christian.

In this debate at Oxford University, which was attended by some of the world’s most famous atheist thinkers, Hitchens offers a fiery, raw defence of belief in God. While I personally wouldn’t take his approach to defending the existence of God, I did find his presentation to be fascinating.

Worth a few minutes of your time.

Blessings,

Matt

Things to click (8)

It’s been a while since we posted anything, so I thought it would be good to hit you with another short list of some interesting links. Check them out . . .

(1)    To start with, here’s some disturbing news about the mass jailing of pastors in Vietnam. It’s something that’s definitely worth praying about.

(2)  “Love is love” – it’s a catchy little phrase used by advocates of gay marriage to suggest that if two consenting adults love each other and wish to marry, they should be able to. At first glance this sounds pretty fair and reasonable. But you soon realise that “love is love” is really a slippery slope that obliges our society to celebrate all kinds of aberrant relationships – like incestuous ones. Find one such case of this here. (p.s. we don’t endorse all of the content on this link).

(3) At one time in the West, the opinions of conservative Christians were fairly respected, and protected. Not so any more. Presbyterian pastor Tim Keller has some thoughts about that.

(4) Australian-born New Testament scholar Michael F. Bird has some things he wants Christians to know about the Bible. Definitely worth a read.

(5) Another New Testament scholar, Craig Keener, has shared his journey from atheism to Christianity.

(6) Finally, here’s a short post about “why giving thanks gives you an edge.” Who would’ve thunk it?!

May God bless your internet meanderings!