Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Many Christians and other theists will insist that atheists are immoral people who have decided to become atheists so they can behave immorally without guilt. I don't believe this to be true but I have a few ideas as to why some Christians and other theists believe it to be so.
First, there seems to be some confusion about what atheists are. Atheists don't believe in God but more than that, they don't think that God is real. So being an atheist really isn't a choice, once you don't think something is real you can't really believe in it. Until or unless something occurs to change your mind such as evidence or a personal epiphany you simply can't believe in things you do not think are real.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009
I've heard it far too many times, I think, the assertion that to be an atheist a person must first think God is real and then hate, or deny God.
By the logic that a person must first believe in something to think it isn't real every fundamentalist Christian believed evolution occurred before they denied it. That's not very likely; the fundamentalist Christian never believed evolution happened in the first place. People walk around every day not believing in things they've never believed in. I'd say it's far rarer to find someone who once believed in unicorns than to find someone who has never believed in unicorns.
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Monday, January 12, 2009
A question thrown out often in debate between Christians and atheists is “If you can’t explain the origin of the universe and the origin of life then why don’t you just believe in God?” It is often followed up with, “Doesn’t it make more sense to believe in God because all those questions are answered in the Bible. All science has is theories but the Bible has the Truth.” I have answered this question so frequently that I decided to write an article about why the lack of a complete, exact and perfect explanations of the origin of life and the universe do not make it seem logical for me to just believe in God instead of seeking the real answers.
I accept the fact that I don't know the answers to the questions of how exactly the universe came about and how exactly, life came to be. There are many good, scientific theories supported by tangible evidence. It seems likely that eventually, scientists will come closer to answering such big questions as the origin of life and the universe with a great degree of accuracy and certainty.
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