Here’s a video where atheist Lawrence Krauss talks about religion from his hostile perspective. I hope to address various points that he raises in the future, but for now, I’d like to focus on his basic point from 1:50 – 2:47. He is talking about morality from an atheistic perspective.
He admits that religion provides many things for people, like community ,support, and hope. He argues that what atheists need to do is to take these things out of religion and use the “real world” to build up those qualities. He preaches a “morality based on rationality, not outmoded religious beliefs.” He insists we “use the rational world to build a global society based on the reality we are all humans sharing this planet and we need to work together to build a better place.”
Of course, this is all just posturing rooted in empty words. Words, just empty words. Look, we’ve been watching the atheist activist community for the last couple of weeks, a community that claims to have constructed a morality based on rationality because, well, they are always guided by reason and evidence. But what we see is an atheist community at each others’ throats all because of the actions of one man – Lawrence Krauss himself. If atheists want to build a global society based on the reality that we are all humans who need to work together to make the world a better place, why not start with something more simple – build an atheist internet community where all atheists work together to build a better world? If you can’t handle that, what makes you think your ideas about a global society are anything other than delusions of grandeur? And where oh where is this atheist community filled with support and hope? I see a community filled with despair, anger, and even hate – all directed at each other. I see a deeply divided community where both sides claim that reason and evidence just happens to be on their side, of course. That’s the “real world” that is out there.
The best part is when Krauss says the following:
if you base your beliefs and actions on myths that are incorrect you are inevitably going to take irrational actions
If Krauss is correct, he has given us good reason to think his atheism and scientism is a myth. Take the example of a leading scientist deciding to cheat on his wife and invite a young make-up artist, someone he barely knew, up to his hotel room for sex. What an astoundingly irrational action. To risk your entire career and reputation for such a fleeting moment of pleasure is foolish and stupid. Didn’t Krauss have some type of world view or belief system that would grab him by the collar and warn, “Hey dumbass, it’s a reaalllly stupid idea you have there!”? Nope. There was nothing in his head to stop him. Science has nothing to say about such matters so it was useless. And his atheism probably unleashed his Id which in turn winked at him – atta boy! In contrast, those who truly hold to the “myth” of Christian doctrine would not have put themselves in this situation. That “myth” would have warned them away. Of course, some Christian men cheat, but when they do, they violate and rebel against their Christian doctrine. They have to abandon their principles. Krauss’s action did not violate atheism nor can they be viewed as rebelling against atheism. And no principle was abandoned.
So what happened because of Krauss’s irrational action? The atheist woman he barely knew talked about him and his behavior with other atheist women. Well, duh. And she said bad things. A whisper network was created that ultimately, after many years, grew and led to Krauss getting kicked out of several atheist and scientific organizations, being shunned by his former allies, and having his reputation dragged through the mud. All because of his irrational action rooted in the belief that he could use the power of his own reason to construct his moral system. When he then tried to use the power of his reason to write a nine page response to the multiple allegations against him, it changed no minds. So the same reason that led him into the quicksand years ago failed to rescue him when it was most needed.
Look, if Krauss had retained some of those outmoded beliefs from those Iron Age peasants, his career and reputation wouldn’t be in the dumpster.