Atheist Day

I think today is supposed to be “Atheist Day.” Internet atheists are celebrating Atheist Day on twitter with the hashtag AtheistBecause.  For example:

I have no problem with this, as everyone is entitled to their opinion. In fact, it makes sense that it would be celebrated on twitter as modern day atheism strikes me as being more of a meme than an intellectual position.

Modern day atheism appears to be built on two foundations: a) the notion that “there is no evidence for God,” and b) the argument from evil.

Since a) I have shown the “no evidence” claim collapses into nothing more that subjective chest thumping and b) I have shown the argument from evil to be rooted in childish thinking, it doesn’t look like the atheists have any reason for me to be an atheist.

So I have no wonder – do these atheists recognize their opinion is just that – an opinion?

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10 Responses to Atheist Day

  1. Bilbo says:

    Mike, I’m a third of the way through the book, Atheist Delusions; The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies, by David Bentley Hart. I can already recommend it as highly as your book, The Design Matrix.

  2. William says:

    You write:

    > I have shown the “no evidence” claim collapses into nothing more that subjective chest thumping

    Could you link to where you argued for this?

  3. nsr says:

    What I don’t understand about atheism is why it motivates people to announce their adherence to it so proudly, or to argue in its favour. Why bother? The logical conclusion of atheism is nihilism. If it’s true, nothing matters. Why act as if it does?

  4. Michael says:

    Could you link to where you argued for this?

    One place –

  5. stcordova says:

    ” do these atheists recognize their opinion is just that – an opinion?” I don’t think so. They’re quite sure it is a fact. It sort of reminds me of how convinced I was my car couldn’t possibly break down on long trip because it never did (until it did)! Accidents and breakdowns happened to other people, not me. In my sample space, such things didn’t exist.

    Atheists naively extrapolate their lack of experience with God to everyone else. When a Christian claims a miracle happened in their life, such atheists will insist there is no evidence it happened! How do the atheists know? Were the atheists there? People in the New Testament claim they saw Jesus rise from the dead. Were the atheists actually there to validate the event or lack thereof or the people involved? I believe in Jesus for a variety of reasons, but one event stood out in particular when I nearly left the faith, the healing of a blind girl in the name of Jesus by Astronaut Charles Duke. I’m pretty sure the formerly blind girl and Charles Duke would not say “there is no evidence” but would say the facts argue that there is a God and God is the Christian God. But atheists like those celebrating Atheist Day are quite convinced their small sample of reality can be absolutely generalized to everyone else including people like that former blind girl and Charles Duke and everyone else who reasonably believes that God has done something in their lives.

    I have not problem with atheists holding their opinions. I have problems with them imposing their non-belief on believers. With that in mind, Happy Atheist Day! I can say that because, ironically, people like them inspired me to remain a Christian.

  6. Ilíon says:

    and b) I have shown the argument from evil to be rooted in childish thinking

    From the point of view of ‘atheists’, the situation is even worse than that — for, as with any attempt at presenting a rational argument for atheism, the “argument from evil” makes sense and gains traction *only if* atheism is a false understanding of reality.

    Not to put too fine a point to it, but the “argument from evil” is actually an argument *against” atheism.

  7. Jeffrey S. says:

    I just read this article about the problem of evil and thought you might find it interesting (it is from a Catholic perspective, so keep that in mind — I’m Catholic):

    Like this author, I do think that the problem of evil is at least intellectually more substantive than the question of whether or not evidence exists for God (or, philosophically speaking, whether there are good arguments for the existence of God.)

  8. Kevin says:

    Speaking of Catholics, did the Pope recently say that “diversity of religion” is willed by God?

  9. Isaac says:

    The unconvincing nature of what atheists are selling is displayed in their certainty. As a Christian, I can have a good amount of certainty because I have experienced God and found Him faithful. I ALSO find that the objective evidence, based on what we know of the universe, tracks very well with Christianity.
    I don’t have objective proof of God, but the material evidence makes God a more likely proposition. That PLUS my experience with God makes me quite certain. If I only had the material evidence that God likely exists, I would not be so certain. I would say, at best, that “it sure looks like there’s a God.”

    Atheists claim to be swayed ONLY by material facts, so they should be much less certain about their beliefs than I am. An honest atheist would say, “I think there’s probably no god.” But for most atheists, this is not good enough. Their atheism is motivated by hatred of Christians, and being uncertain leaves the door open for them to have to acknowledge that theists’ opinions are valid. They can’t tolerate that. So they have to supplement whatever objective arguments they have with buckets of emotional dreck about God being evil, religion being child abuse, Christians being delusional fanatics, and so forth.

    In summary, I believe in God because of material evidence + my personal experience of Him.
    Atheists believe in atheism because of material evidence + seething irrational hatred.

    (PS, I’m right about where the material evidence points, too. They haven’t even worked out an answer for Aristotle.)

  10. Ilíon says:

    Isaac:I don’t have objective proof of God …

    Of course you do, if only you’ll pay attention — YOU are the objective proof that God is.

    I’m not talking about some dippy New Age bullshit; I’m talking about good old reason and logic.

    In a nutshell: IF God-denial is the truth about the nature of reality, THEN there exist no (nor can exist any) rational beings. BUT, there *are* rational beings: ourselves. ERGO, God-denial is not the truth about the nature of reality. ERGO, God is.

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