The Strengths of Atheism

Anonymous

I am the author of a previous myTake that defends religion. Inspired by the vitriolic comment against atheists, I write this myTake in defense of atheism.

The Strengths of Atheism

Atheism means the lack of belief of gods. In defense of atheism, I list arguments that are used against the existence of the gods. These arguments really cover a specific type of atheism that consists of secular ethics, naturalism, empiricism, and rationalism. Religious atheism exists; unlike the nonreligious atheism, religious atheism is the absence of belief in deities within a religious tradition.

I found the arguments against the existence of God on Wikipedia. I know it has a heavy monotheistic bias, but that's because of Wikipedia's internal bias in the editor population. Many editors are from Christian-majority countries. The United States is one of them. Maybe non-English Wikipedias are less biased towards Christianity. As it stands, the Christianity-oriented atheism is atheism within the Christian framework, regardless of whether a person identifies as Christian or not. I know people who claim that they are atheistic Christians exist (I'm not sure how that works out) and that rejecting a tenet in a religion does not require belief that the religion is true.

- Inconsistent Revelations
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If there is God, then God should reveal itself in the world. Yet, the religions contradict each other. God's inability to make people understand God consistently is evidence that there is no able god, or that God itself is really inconsistent. How can God be inconsistent while Mother Nature presumptively is? Therefore, the inconsistent revelations are evidence that God does not exist.

- The Problem of Evil
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If an omnipotent, omnibenevolent creator deity exists, then the deity should make a perfect world. Unfortunately, we live in a rotten world. The god either willfully is punishing us or allowing evil to persist. If God is punishing us for no reason, then God is just cruel, plain and simple. If God is allowing evil to persist, then God cannot be omnipotent.

- Destiny of the Unevangelized
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"Destiny of the Unevangelized" is not my terminology. I found it on the Wikipedia page. The terminology is an example of how skewed the article is towards Christianity-oriented atheism. The problem is in the word "unevangelized". Although you can use the term "evangelize" figuratively, its literal meaning is to "share the gospel". A more religious-neutral term would be "proselytize" or "convert". For this reason, I prefer "fate of the infidels".

The fate of the infidels usually involves punishment. This belief is problematic, because it contradicts the existence of an omnibenevolent creator deity.

The argument by "destiny of the unevangelized" would be a reasonable argument against a religion that has a belief that infidels would be punished.

- Poor Design
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This point criticizes the belief in a perfect creation by an omnipotent creator deity. If God created a perfect world, then all creations are perfect. Yet, the flaws in nature are evidence that God did not create a perfect world, and a perfect god cannot create an imperfect world. This argument is combined with The Problem of Evil. Therefore, belief in the existence of God is untenable.

- Existence of Nonbelievers
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The existence of nonbelievers is evidence that God does not want people to believe it. If an omnipotent deity wants to lead people to itself, then it should have the ability to do it, and we will all be followers of one god and one religion. But the very existence of many religious viewpoints is evidence that such a deity does not want it, is not able to convert people, or simply does not exist in the first place.

- Belief in God is Superfluous
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This argument criticizes the tendency to use God to explain natural phenomena. Explaining natural phenomena parsimoniously is much better than adding unempirical statements about the universe.

- Russell's Teapot
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This is an extension of the former argument. It claims that not only is belief in God superfluous, but also that there is a greater burden of proof on the theist than the atheist.

- Lack of Experiential Evidence
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Experiential evidence is a fancy term for human experience. Some people do not experience God and are just as happy and fortunate as people who do experience God. God cannot support atheism and theism at the same time. If such a deity exists, then that deity would be so highly inconsistent and unreliable that it is best to put faith in the power of Mother Nature (personification of nature) than the whims of God.

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  • Anonymous
    Im an atheist for I simply do not believe in god, at least the god spoken of in the bible. Its hypocrisy. Catholics and Christians say what is evil yet their god did more evil than this supposed devil. That makes no sense to me. I think a book was written and some one decided to turn it into a big deal known as religion. If I decided Harry Potter, Green Eggs and Ham or Stephen King's It were so "magical" and mind blowing can I make religions out of those books and run with the idea? Don't think so.
    Is this still revelant?

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  • bryon
    While athizm does exist , they can no more prove the nonexistance of God than Christians can prove of the existence.
    Is this still revelant?
    • Burden of proof. It is logical to assume X doesn't exist until evidence shows X does exist.

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  • QuestionMan
    Show me undeniable evidence of a God and I will believe.
    Otherwise the default answer is "I don't know how everything came to be".
    Atheism isn't a belief system. It is the lack of a belief in God.
    If I said I have unicorn named Daisy, you'd expect me to show you this unicorn and provide evidence that it isn't a horse with a plunger on its head. Otherwise you wouldn't believe me and wouldn't simply take my word for it.

    God is the religious person's unicorn.
    • phantom99

      Well i think you and i have different views on what 'God" is. You seem to have compared God to a unicorn named daisy however the differences between the two are clear. The unicorn is one cause among many, An item within the world while the traditional thought on God is that he is "ipsum esse subsistens" which means that God is the very act of to be itself. He is not one cause among many or an item within the universe but rather is the condition for the possibility of our world. so when you ask for scientific evidence for God i kinda have to laugh because it shows you don't quite understand the nature of God. To be God is simply to be to be.

    • Anonymous

      Eh? The myTake is defending atheism.

    • @phantom99 So if God is the air we breath, the grass beneath my feet, the birds chirping and everything in the multiverse how do you know he is present in all of these things?
      Is he some sort of organism that lives inside everything?
      What you described is the Tao. It is not a being like referenced in the Bible, Torah and Quran.

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  • Miezko
    The definition you used for atheism is flawed. It's also a belief that god doesn't exist. An atheist is still a theist. That is atheism is just as much based on belief as any other religion. The fact is science cannot and never can disprove God's existence. Trying to understand God from a strictly scientific standpoint is kind of like trying to see how things were before the big bang. You can't.
    • mixitUP

      it's not a religion.

    • Miezko

      @mixitUP it is.

    • mixitUP

      is there an atheist holy book? rules, and an atheist God? it's a philosophical position, little else.

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  • ladsin
    Yeah, people don't understand what atheism is. Oftentimes people portray us as saying that god does not exist, or that we believe that god does not exist, when what we actually say is that we don't see sufficient evidence to believe in a deity. The default position when people make supernatural or unlikely claims is disbelief in those claims. It's all Bayesian really.
  • Dimmu
    What's funny about athiesm ia that each athiest has his own definetion of athiesm

    And they follow facts and materialistic analysis and evidences only when it serves their cause, if it doesn't serve their cause they behave non-sense exactly the same way they mock others
  • anonman32
    atheism just means without god in ancient greek, its original meaning never denies the existence of any god. why believe in only one god if you can believe in all six trillion of them?
  • DiegoO
    It's foolish to say God doesn't exist. We only know a small part of our existence, there is still much more to discover. I say God exist and that his existence goes beyond religion.
  • phantom99
    well in response to the problem of evil i would ask How do we know there are some evils that don't serve a good end? after all, we can at least conceive of some good reason God would have for allowing natural evil to exist. Natural evils may serve to build our character and help us develop virtue, like people who selflessly donate time and money to help with some tornado relief project. acts of compassion are intrinsically good, and when we freely choose to perform such acts, our choices gradually change our character and can lead to the greater good of us becoming virtuous people. Many virtues that make our world a better place is in response to some kind of evil like compassion is suffering alongside someone else and courage is doing what is right even in the face of danger. Anyway just another way of looking at it :)
    • oddwaffle

      Still doesn't prove god exist. There are a lot of good that turn into the most damaging thing and a lot of evils that stay evil and well hidden.

      God is pure evil if there is a God. He created a flawed world and toy with people.

  • mixitUP
    atheism is sound, religion or God is false.
  • TheOneLol
    Why can't people just respect each others beliefs?
  • Anonymous
    To be fair, some religions solve the problem of evil by introducing a nemesis for their deity (s) – i. e. Satan.
  • Anonymous
    Awesome myTake, I totally agree, and if I might add..."Can God create a rock so big that He cannot move it?" In any case, omnipotence is impossible ;)
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