Here’s a question Melissa imagines is a secret weapon against atheists.
“Are you glad that atheism is the truth?”
You can read her thinking here.
Her complaints about the ramifications of atheism being true are as follows: [in no particular order]
1: Humans aren’t the center of the Universe. It wasn’t “created” just for us. [Science confirms this]
2: When we die, that’s the end of it. No immortal soul. [No evidence found yet to contradict that prediction]
3: There is no Objective Morality. Societal behaviors will grow and modify over time according to their success in building co-operation and consensus. [High empathy and co-operation were key in man’s elevation and success over other species: See Theory of Evolution. Also, christians don’t seem to understand the meaning of “objective”. For morality to be Objective it must be “grounded outside humanity” or, as Merriam-Webster defines it, “having reality independent of the mind.” William Lane Craig’s definition for objective morality: “Moral values that are valid and binding whether anybody believes in them or not.” is framed using this definition and also has the benefit of debunking itself by virtue of the fact that morality only exists “in the mind”. Those who disagree could falsify it by naming an inanimate object that could perform a moral act.
4: There is no free will. [research is ongoing, some science suggests there isn’t, not all atheists agree ]
5: Without god my life has no meaning. [This is a ludicrous concept promoted solely by the religious, not atheists. Any rational people I know work to make the best of the one life they are given.]
Then she makes an often repeated claim I hear Ad nauseum on social media. “…a belief system such as atheism..”
Many christians who make that assertion do so deliberately, knowing it isn’t true. I have talked to others who seem genuinely convinced it’s true because that is the lens they have been trained to view things through. I’m not sure what category Melissa falls into. So she’s either mistaken or lying. Only she knows.
Atheism is not a belief system, a worldview, a positive claim against the existence of god, or an explanation of the origins of the universe. It IS the *lack* of belief in claims asserting the existence of god(s). It could also be called doubt, disbelief, or skepticism.
Why claim it is, you might wonder. What benefit would you achieve? There is a benefit, humans don’t generally do things that have no reward. I”ll start by defining what I mean when I use the word belief, and demonstrate its relevance to the claim.
Theist ideas about faith and belief center around the bible. A key verse they often refer to is Hebrews 11:1. It reads: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Another words, I am persuaded to accept things as true without any evidence confirming it. Faith is a requisite of belief, in church dogma. Belief and faith are interchangeable, synonymous.