Taking the Atheist Challenge

challenge-acceptedThough I’m not an atheist (I consider myself a Christian, though not in a strict sense), I’m going to take The Atheist Challenge.

1. If there is NO God, then there is no Measurement or Standard for morality?  Then What will define morality?

The first statement is untrue. There are plenty of natural laws. The golden rule (do to others only what you would have them do to you) is a perfectly acceptable basis for secular morality. Who defines morality? We do. Even if you believe morality comes from God, we are still interpreting His will.

2. If there is NO God, then there is NO meaning or purpose to Life.  So without a God, does life have purpose or meaning?  Without God, does the Atheist have purpose?

Again the first statement is untrue. God is not a requirement for meaning or purpose in life. In evolutionary terms, the purpose of life is to successfully propagate itself. Much as the purpose given by (the Christian) God is to achieve the Kingdom of God and the second coming of Christ, a secular purpose for life can be to make the world a better place.

3. Are you an advocate of New Atheism and Darwinism?  If so, then the most extreme and logical form of Darwinism is Eugenics.  Would you support this?  Why or Why Not?

I believe in the theory of evolution. Eugenics is not the most logical form of Darwinism. Authoritarian implementations of eugenics are evil as they allow the state to interfere with one’s right to person and to pursue one’s own happiness by procreating with who one wants to. Parents choosing to genetically modify their offspring to give them advantages (e.g. removing genes that lead to disease) is something I support, though I do think this could be taken too far.

4. If we are ancesoters/descendants of Apes, then why are there no transitional fossils or species to support this theory?

There are. Modern man evolved from Homo Erectus, which in turn evolved from the Australopithecines. There is very good evidence for this.

5. Do you believe in Human Nature?  It is Human Nature to believe in God, if so, why do you go against human nature and not believe in God?

I believe in instinctual behavior, and in conscious reasoning. Human instinct is to attribute things that we don’t understand to higher powers. Reason leads us try to understand the world based on facts and evidence.

6. Can ‘Something come from Nothing’?  Doesn’t that violate The First Law of Thermodynamics?

Assuming this refers to the Big Bang, we just don’t know what happened in the very early universe. I’m open to the hypothesis that the universe was created, but assuming it is truth is a “god of the gaps” argument.

7. It seems that a society of Atheist are immoral and self-destructing.  Why would anyone want a Godless Society, just look at our examples: North Korea, Maoist China, Stalin, & Pot Pol?

I agree that the instability caused by the loss of God is a serious problem. The examples given are of authoritarian societies. Why would anyone wand to live in authoritarian society, religious or otherwise?

8. If you were to die, and you were before God.  And he was getting ready to pass judgement on you,  What would be your reaction or thoughts?  What plea would you give him so he does not judge you harshly?

Presumably, God would know everything I’d ever done, and so would know of anything I would say. Instead, I would ask what the purpose of it all was.

9. What would convince you atheism is wrong?  And that Christianity is Right?

Evidence. In my case, I had a transcendent experience that led me to believe there was a higher reality. Gradually, I came to believe that the universe is inherently good.

10. Why are you an Atheist?  Why do you NOT believe in God?  Why do you reject God?  (You can be as detailed as you want.)

I reject the anthropomorphic God of the old testament as evil. The God of Paul, the God of love who is indescribable is closer to what I believe in. I believe in theories that are backed up with evidence. In areas where we just don’t know, I remain largely agnostic, and I try to keep an open mind.

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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1 Response to Taking the Atheist Challenge

  1. I was an “atheist” until at a UT college meeting Madalyn O’Hair’s son (the communist, not the disowned objectivist) showed up to give us a pep talk. I realized then that the adjective is a collectivist misnomer, for I “believe” in truth, justice, friendship, reality, freedom and an objective standard of value, but only reject mysticism–especially superstition, altruism and pseudoscience. So I remain simply non-mystical, and comfortably observe the Remarque-able abuse that militant communist “atheists” and equally militant collectivist “christians/muslims” heap upon each other.

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