Why Atheism is Irrational – Street Apologetics

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 intelligenceYou can not get intelligence from a non-intelligent source. The presence of human intelligence in life necessarily points to an intelligent source.
    • etc…

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!

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13 thoughts on “Why Atheism is Irrational – Street Apologetics

  1. Psy

    “Atheism fails to offer explanatory power for many actualities we know in life”
    “Atheism offers no rational and coherent explanation for:” …..

    No it doesn’t nor does it claim to. Atheism is simply a lack of belief in deities, gods though there may be some atheistic religions such a Buddhism which may attempt to offer answers as your faith does. Perhaps your arguments should be directed towards scientist and philosophers.

    1. Psy, you fail to understand the claims of the ‘new atheists’ such as Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens. They make many ridiculous claims. I’ll mention two which are related to your comments. 1) Dawkins postulates that life on earth could have come from aliens! Therefore, they do attempt to offer explanations and this is where they extend themselves into the field of epistemology. 2) The claim of ‘atheism’ is irrational because it positively states that “God does not exist.” To make this claim with honest rationality, a person must have knowledge of everything and every place in the universe. That is, unless a person is omnipresent and all-knowing, and no human is, atheism is an irrational and foolish claim.

      To be intellectually honest, the best an unbeliever can hold with possible honest rational is the position of agnostic. (Not knowing) It is one thing to say, “I do not know.” It is an entirely different, and arrogant, position to claim to have absolute knowledge about the possibility of God’s existence. That foolishness is what the Atheist claims…proving that he is irrational at best, and completely dishonest at worst. As the Apostle Paul states, “Professing to be wise, they have become fools.” Only through the light of God’s revelation to man can we understand and enjoy the various fields which atheist either refuse to answer, or attempt to answer beyond their discipline.

      1. Psy

        [The claim of ‘atheism’ is irrational because it positively states that “God does not exist.”]

        In other words you are dictating what they mean when a person uses the label atheist instead of asking them to define themselves. There is actually a small percentage of “atheist” who are absolutist. But feel free to be a dictionary absolutist and ignore other definitions.

        1. Psy, I noticed you failed to acknowledge the contradiction I demonstrated by your earlier posts. I suggest you go back and read that. As to your accusations above, I will say a couple of things. 1) I will not let an atheist attempt to divert attention away from their claim and demand they define the discussion ground. 2) I applaud you in admitting that some ‘atheists’ are absolutists. (I’ll demonstrate below that every atheist is an absolutist.) 3) I reject your attempt to say I ignore other definitions, as that is not correct. Instead, I push them to their logical conclusions….which is: An atheist, when stating his position, makes the positive claim that “god/gods do not exist.” Even if he denies he makes that claim, it can be revealed with a couple of questions:

          “As an atheist, do you hold to the position that god does not exist?” (I invite you to answer this question. Depending how you answer this, I will have follow up questions for you.)

          The answer is obviously yes! Therefore, the atheist is claiming to have absolute knowledge about the existence or non existence of a Divine Being…this makes him an absolutist. It is the simple logical conclusion to the position of atheism. This is why I firmly hold to the fact that an intellectually honest person can not make the claim of atheism, as it asserts his claim of omniscience. On the other hand, soft agnosticism is an honest claim, as the soft agnostic is saying, “I do not know.” (I contrast this with the hard agnostic, who says, I do not know and you do not know. Similar to atheism, hard agnosticism is intellectually dishonest.)

          Psy, please stay on topic/issue. Feel free to respond to them, however, do know, I will not allow any ad hominem attacks to be posted. I pray you consider Christ’s claim to your life and that you surrender to Him through faith and repentance.

          1. Steven Chen

            “As an atheist, do you hold to the position that god does not exist?”
            No, I do not hold to the position that god does not exist. But I also do not hold to the position that god does exist. Therefore I am an atheist.

            Terry’s Response:
            Steven, you are not an atheist as you fail to make a claim! You can play all the linguistic games you want, but you can’t hide from the reality of your bankrupt worldview. If you call yourself an “a-theist”, then by meaning you are saying “no god.” If you say, “No, I am not claiming that,” then I simply ask you, “What are you claiming the “a” and the “theist” stand for in the conjugated term atheist?

  2. Psy

    “The origin of the Universe – The beginning of the universe, 13.8 billion years ago, came from nothing according to the atheist. Something from nothing is irrational and foolish. It violates every perception and experience of life, even the scientific laws atheists usually worship.”

    The Big Bang theory was the work of devout Catholic Monsignor George Lemaître and it is nothing more than the Biblical “Let there be light” of Genesis dressed up as science, Edwin Hubble was raised Christian while his beliefs as an adult is unknown it was his theory of redshift that helped come to the 13.8 billion year measurement of the universe.

    As for “Something from nothing is irrational and foolish” scientist at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden produced photons out of nothing last March (2011).

    Chalmers scientists create light from vacuum

    1. The Big Bang Theory (BBT) is held by the vast majority of scientists, based upon the recent discoveries of the past couple of decades of ‘background radiation’ and the position of singularity. An eternal universe has been abandoned by modern science based upon these discoveries. Therefore, the modern position of the scientific community is that the age of the universe is 13.8 billion years old, at which time space, energy, time and matter began uncoiling from the infinitely dense singularity.

      Your “something from nothing” offer from Chalmers Institute, is actually a misstated position on your part. Makes me wonder if you actually read it. Their description from the article is:

      “The experiment is based on one of the most counterintuitive, yet, one of the most important principles in quantum mechanics: that vacuum is by no means empty nothingness. In fact, the vacuum is full of various particles that are continuously fluctuating in and out of existence. They appear, exist for a brief moment and then disappear again.”

      Notice this ‘vacuum’ is not an absolute vacuum. It is not a true nothing! It contains various subatomic particles! Therefore, their production of light was actually the capturing of photons which existed within the scientific vacuum. And this proves the truth that there has never been a “something from nothing.” Not by Chalmers or any other institute, as it is literally impossible for man to create an absolute vacuum.

      I pray that instead of hanging on to a thread of secular foolishness, you would consider the claims of Christ as “the Way, the Truth and the Life.” After all, He is the only place to find inner peace, existentially speaking, and find rational answers to the big questions of life. Accepting Him is the best decision a person can make.

  3. Psy, Jesus loves Y O U! :) He died for you – He loved you then as He loves you now. Show him some love back, you’ll cherish the joy and discernment He will bring into your life. Ask him to walk with you, to show you the way and He will. :)

    I believe He’s trying to talk with you, and wants to walk with you, too – evidenced by your interest in responding to Terry. :) That’s great! If you’ve disdain, hatred, burdens He can clean them up, make them good with His love. Thing is, He really doesn’t ask much of us, but simply to love Him back! Take that walk – I did many years ago and I’ve loved walking with Him ever since. It’s beautiful! :) Have a bless day!

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  5. What you wrote can be reversed : The claim of ‘God existence’ is irrational because it positively states that “a god does exist.” To make this claim with honest rationality, a person must have knowledge of everything and every place in the universe. That is, unless a person is omnipresent and all-knowing, and no human is, ‘claiming the existence of a god’ is an irrational and foolish claim.

    1. Philippe, your statement is a non sequitur. The claim of God’s existence does not require absolute knowledge or presence, because His existence is evident in the necessary explanation of simple being, rational and observable existence. Man innately knows through creation and conscience that there is a source for our existence and accountability for our actions. There is nothing irrational in saying what exists in Space and Time has a beginning from an intelligent designer whose necessary quality are superior to the creation and who is above Space and Time. Atheists cannot get around this regardless of the linguistic gymnastics and hand waving they attempt. “Something from Nothing” is irrational. “Something from an eternal and intelligent source” is the ONLY rational option available for an honest person. The Atheist’s worldview offers no rational explanatory options for what is observable within the cosmos.

      And all of this is yet to address the presence of man’s sin and His need for salvation. Regardless how arrogantly atheists attempt squeeze God out of their life, His Spirit is still calling me to repentance and forgiveness….and that is the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I pray you consider your need for Him and His offer to you!

  6. Thank you for this thread. The idea that atheism is nothing more than a disbelief in God / gods and therefore it is not actually claiming anything about reality, and does not bear a burden of proof, is false. Atheism most certainly is a world view, because ‘God’ is a non-trivial concept, meaning that profound implications flow from it. Therefore the denial of that idea necessarily also has implications. If this were not the case, then it would be possible for someone to claim to be an ‘atheist’ and yet also assert that he believes that, for example, life was intelligently created by an uncreated being, as long as this being is not called ‘God’! This is, of course, absurd.

    Often atheists compare the idea of God with a range of trivial constructs, such as ‘the invisible pink unicorn’, ‘the cosmic teapot’, ‘the flying spaghetti monster’ etc – all of which are trivial ideas with no implications for any other aspect of reality. This type of thinking is fallacious, because it is a category error: comparing trivial ideas with non-trivial.

    I also find it very interesting – and telling – that atheists employ this argument so often. Why are they so concerned about shifting the burden of proof? I would have thought that anyone with any confidence in his position would actually want to provide proof for his claims. A tendency to shift the burden of proof indicates to me a deep lack of confidence among atheists.

    Having said that, as a Christian, I do understand why some people are attracted to atheism. There are forms of Christianity which are highly provocative and abusive. To tell someone that they are going to burn in hell for all eternity for simply dying with the wrong set of ideas in their mind – often as a result of being born in the ‘wrong’ place at the ‘wrong’ time (who can blame a Hindu for being brought up a Hindu and wishing to be faithful to the religion of his parents and community?), is bound to cause a reaction in intelligent and reasonable people. I certainly believe in Jesus Christ as the unique Saviour, but He is also a just and merciful Saviour, who cried out from the cross: “Forgive them Father, for they do not know what they are doing.” In my view, to go to hell, someone has to have utterly deliberately rejected the love of God, which sweeps away any hint of diminished responsibility and mitigating circumstances. Perhaps if the Church explained the judgement of God in a rather more intelligent and thoughtful way, then perhaps some people may not feel that atheism is the only alternative to believing in a ‘sadistic’ God.

    May the God of everlasting mercy bless you in your life and work.

    Al (UK)

  7. This is a reply from a reader in Quebec, Canada. I wanted to post it in its entirety as an example of the infantile and ad hominem attacks many Atheists make because they cannot answer the issues at hand.
    From Quebec:
    Yes pastor, b/c in the absence of a definitive answer to something, ‘god did it’ is the best possible solution!!! when you people say you’re ‘god fearin’ christians’, you really are, aren’t you? you don’t WANT there to be an answer. you want your sky daddy more than anything. because, and this is me speculating, you’re afraid. it’s OK to be afraid, pastor, but you shouldn’t lie because you’re afraid. but if you do, i understand. it’s very, very christian of you.

    “It is an entirely different, and arrogant, position to claim to have absolute knowledge about the possibility of God’s existence.” so….god exists? hehehehe….this is why you can’t lawyer god into existence. the fact is, pastor, you’re unequivocally wrong.

    Joe Mendez – Quebec, Canada

    From Terry:
    Notice 3 things
    1) They argue in a circle. That is, “It is not true because it cannot be true, therefore it is not true.”
    2) They attack the messenger because they cannot present a plausible answer to their dilemma in not being able to account for Origin, Meaning, Morality or Destiny, etc!
    3) In the claim of their own ignorance, they try and demand that Christians remain ignorant about the origin of the universe with them.
    4) There responses always fester with hate against their own innate knowledge about God’s existence. They profess to be wise and have become fools. (Rom. 1:22)
    5) Notice how the writer from Quebec did not offer a single argument to explain the issues brought up in the article, but could only offer, “you are wrong.”

    Pray for this individual to see the truth of the gospel. His darkened mind and heart has him in utter confusion, hate and ruin.

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