Atheism, the position of pseudo intellectuals who claim that Christianity does not merit or demonstrate a rational worldview. Their claim is actually a red herring (diversion) they use to hide their own irrational and indefensible worldview. Why would I say that? Glad you asked! Atheism fails to offer explanatory power for many actualities we know in life.
Atheism offers no rational and coherent explanation for:
- The complexity of the universe – The fine tuning of the universe necessarily points to an intelligent designer. The possibility of a cosmos with intelligent life and a place of habitation to sustain it is mathematically impossible. The complexity and fine tuning of the universe demands that a Divine Mind created it and directs it.
- The uniqueness of man – The distinction man has from other animals points to a personal source. Man’s personality makes him unique and special. You can not get human personality from a non-personal source.
- The certainty of truth – If there is no God then truth doesn’t exist. Man becomes lost in a sea of opinions because when there is no absolute to judge a statement, then every statement becomes an absolute to the individual. Therefore, speech and language becomes nonsense. Certain things are true. Every culture and ethnic group knows that. These moral absolutes are not subject to personal desires or majority vote. They are innate to our psyche and conscience.
- The experience of free will – Apart from a creator, man becomes a naturalistic animal determined by a collocation of atoms and free will does not exist. Yet life, constantly meets us with choices.
- The basis or morality – There is no basis for morality apart from moral law and moral law only exists if there is a moral lawgiver.
- The grounding of love – Love is a meaningless emotion within the explanations of an atheistic worldview. It has no grounding or meaning within the atheist’s fatalistic paradigm. Love, like beauty, is a subjective emotion which requires an existential source with the freedom of value placement and free pursuit.
- The source of reason – You can not get reason from a non-reasonable source. Rocks, elements and primordial slime do not exhibit reason, can not produce it, and lack the potential for it within their essence.
- The origin of the Universe – The beginning of the universe, according to leading astrophysicists and cosmologist, was roughly 13.8 billion years ago. According to atheists, the beginning of the universe came from nothing! Something from nothing is irrational and foolish and has never been demonstrated or observed in any laboratory experiment. Something from nothing violates every perception and experience of life we know. It is self-defeating and irrational.
- The origin of man – The origin of man as a self-determining, free will, emotional, moral, self-conscious and rational being demands, as a minimum, that his origin is from a personal source with these qualities.
- The source for intelligence – You can not get intelligence from a non-intelligent source. The presence of human intelligence in life necessarily points to an intelligent source.
These are just a handful of the failures of atheism in regards to the realities of human life. Their position of ‘no-belief’ is actually an irrational statement in itself. Man can not hold to a ‘no-belief.’ Why? Because the opposite of it is actually their belief. Make no mistake about it, atheism is a belief system. It is belief that man is his own god and that truth is relative to his limited knowledge. The atheist will attempt to offer explanations to the issues raised in the list above, but they’ll have to slip in pieces of the Christian worldview to do so. Watch for this maneuver and hold him to the logical and consistent conclusion of his paradigm. That is, a meaningless, cold and purposeless cosmos.
British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), in his defense for atheism, wrote in his book, Why I Am Not A Christian, and gave the logical conclusion to the atheist’s worldview.
“That man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labors of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of the universe in ruins. . . . Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built.”
This pitiful statement is as good as it gets for an atheist. This is not just sad, it is the epitomy of hopelessness, despair and irrationality. At least Russell stated the truthful despair of the atheist worldview. However, even Russell could not live consistent to his own worldview. He was involved in social movements to protect man from destroying the earth through nuclear weapons. I wonder why? Because, contrary to his belief that life was meaningless, his heart innately knew life was valuable and worth fighting for.
So next time you run into a atheist, instead of running from his rantings and attacks on Christianity, begin moving into the various fields of his irrationality with piercing questions revealing the failure of his worldview to offer explanations about life, meaning, value, and the universe. Something is fishy about his worldview and we should, with compassion and mercy, make him face the irrationality and logical conclusion of his position. As we do, offer to him the truth that God has given us the answers to the big questions of life, and He has done so with reasonable and coherent explanations.
As Christians, we have the answers to the big questions of life. We need not apologize or shrink back from sharing them. It is time we begin declaring those truths with humility and boldness. Let us lower the draw bridge and leave the safety of our ecclesiastical castles and take the truth of Scriptures to the masses in the marketplace!