March 17, 2009 § Leave a comment
‘Dare to think for yourself.’ On atheism and meaning.
This is the second article on atheism from a Christian point of view. The series is response to the atheistic billboard dat appeared close to Schiphol Airport near Amsterdam in March 2009. In this contribution we will take a closer look at the second statement on the billboard: ‘Dare to think for yourself’. According to the atheists behind the billboard it is self-evident that the non-existence of God leads to the call to have the courage to think for yourself.
Is there any daring left after God has fallen away? What independent thinking can we do apart from God? In my previous article we saw that the atheistic worldview does not leave us any morality to guide our lifes. That is, as we saw, because the material reality does not offer a foundation for an absolute ethic. How is it with meaning? In order to think for ourselves there has to be a reason to do so. There has to be meaning. Thinking must be meaningful.
March 16, 2009 § 2 Comments
On atheism and morality.
Suppose God didn’t exist. Would we be able to enjoy life? According to our billboard atheists this enjoyment stands in contrast to what we should be doing if God in fact did exist. The billboard can be interpreted in two different ways: (1) God does not exist, so stop being moralistic; stop correcting others and just enjoy life. (2) God does not exist, therefore you need not feel resposible to anyone. So let go of all restraints. In both cases it seems there is a clear link with moral consciousness. So how are things with morality in atheism?
Strangely enough I come up with a double answer. On the one hand the atheistic worldview rules out the possibility of an absolute moral on the other the average atheist proves the existence of absolute moral values with his behaviour.
March 11, 2009 § Leave a comment
Since fall last year the atheistic buscampaign that started in London has received a worldwide following. Atheists have taken to advertising and they’re liking it. In the Netherlands it has been difficult to get the bus rolling so an alternative billboard campaign has been started with the first near Amsterdam airport on the 10th of March 2009. The text reads: ‘There probably is no God, dare to think for yourself and enjoy this life’.
Atheists love to put religion down. There are believers (dumb, dumb, dumb) and atheists (smart!). In my opinion atheism is just one of many sets of beliefs about what reality is truly all about. As far as I’m concerned it does not offer the most plausible explanation for reality.
That’s why I would like to take the opportunity to discuss the untenability of atheism in a series of three articles addressing the three propositions of the billboard: