If I lack a belief in tooth decay, there is no reason for me to brush my teeth. So when someone defines atheism as a “lack of belief” How then can a person who defines them self in this way, act upon that? Only a positive belief is supported by action.
If I don’t believe in the Gold Gate Bridge, I don’t walk across it! This just demonstrates the irrationality of Atheism. all of it’s definitions are not cogent nor do they pass the preconditions for intelligibility.
There are only three possibilities that I can see:
1. Theism (belief that God exists).
2. Atheism (belief that God does not exist)
3. Agnosticism (I don’t know)
If atheism is defined as a “lack of belief” then one can NEVER make a positive claim of assertion that God does not exist, because that is a belief. Having no affirmative belief in something is not humanly possible unless one is never exposed to the concept. Once a person is exposed to a concept or idea a belief is automatically formed.
Matthew Lieberman, a psychologist at the University of California, seemed to demonstrate how beliefs help people’s brains categorize others and view objects as good or bad (which is a belief); and this done mostly unconsciously.
When Lieberman showed a group of people photographs of expressionless black faces, he found neurological triggers in the amygdala – the brain’s panic button. It was triggered in almost two-thirds of the subjects studied. There was no difference in the response between black and white people.
Lieberman said: “Even people who believe to their core that they do not have prejudices may still have negative associations that are not conscious.” This is a belief! Though I do not subscribe to the notion that the brain causes belief but instead the belief triggers the brains response.
Dr. Michael Shermer wrote: “We form our beliefs for a variety of subjective, personal, emotional, and psychological reasons in the context of environments created by family, friends, colleagues, culture, and society at large; after forming our beliefs we then defend, justify, and rationalize them with a host of intellectual reasons, cogent arguments, and rational explanations. Beliefs come first, explanations for beliefs follow.”
Atheism cannot be a “lack of belief”, after all they believe it don’t they? And that is self refuting.
In 2007 Atheist Sam Harris said “Atheism is not a philosophy, just as non-racism is not. It is not a worldview, though it is frequently portrayed as one.”(1) What a violation of the basic laws of logic! It is impossible to NOT have a worldview. Anyone that says they do not have a worldview has a perspective on what a worldview is and a belief of why they don’t have a worldview; which is in essence….a worldview!
So Sam Harris states a belief about atheism while denying any belief at all, but he clearly believes it!
At the same conference that Sam Harris attended, Richard Dawkins stated “Religion is not the root of all evil, but it gets in the way of [determining] how we got here and where we find ourselves. And that is an evil in itself.”
But doesn’t Dawkins reject the existence of moral good or evil? After all he did write “The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose [i.e. no God], no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.” (2)
These are observable basic inconsistencies in the atheistic mind. I would call it Doctrinal problem inside the church of atheism.
Matt Purple, CNSNews.com Correspondent,”Religion Must Be Destroyed, Atheist Alliance Declares”, October 03, 2007
Richard Dawkins, “God’s Utility Function”, Scientific American, November 1995, p.85
“the mind is not a thing that exist. the mind is just referring to chemical reactions occurring in the brain. People have brains the allow them to form what is referred to as concept. People’s concept might match reality, or might not match reality. You have not provided a method that confirms to any degree of certainty, much less to a high degree of certainty that a god, or god’s exist. We have a method that confirms to a high degree of certainty, that for example that for example, if I drop a object, let’s just say 5 feet above the floor in my house, that it will fall and hit my floor. I was going to address every point in your video, what you saying is just so poorly worded, and just not accurate, I did not. maybe I will watch it again and try to address every point.”
Why don’t atheists see that they cannot believe anything to be true without God because they presuppose the inability of rational thought? In their Worldview, they cannot believe that human consciousness is anything more than a chemical reaction. This presupposition means that they can never use reason to try to disprove God.
As C.S. Lewis rightly pointed out: “Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.”
An atheist believes that his brain is the product of random chance and chemical reactions. It would be irrational to trust such a device for cogent answers because it’s answers would only be the product of those random chance chemical reactions. If this makes no sense to you, you might be an atheist!
Moral norms are not established by Special Revelation (i.e. the Bible) they are established by General Revelation. General revelation is readily available for all people to observe in the environment around them. This is what Paul is discussing in Romans 1:20 (KJV) “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” This is commonly known as Natural Moral Law Theory. It is important for the Christian to understand this because it is a tool that can be used to witness to anyone from any religious background. It is an argument from logic that is supported by scripture. Continue reading Moral Laws→