Wednesday, 24 July 2013

An Atheist Family Spat

From Here...
With a link to here..., if you can take the time to read the whole thing.

I find this whole exchange fascinating, because it exposes, or at least brings into the light, what to me is the basic flaw in the thinking of those who categorically reject the existence of God, or even the possibility of His existence. That is that they assume an unproven premise - that there is nothing beyond the purely physical, material or natural. That is an assumption. And once one chooses that particular road or direction and begins to travel down it, one can only follow it to wherever it goes, even if it is the wrong road or direction, and even if they refuse to see or admit that it is the wrong road or direction. Once one assumes a premise, all the rest of their thinking must follow in the direction dictated by that premise.

The fly in the atheist ointment, to me, is the very thing in which they insist they are participating - rational thought; the ability to hold one opinion, or make one decision, over another. Because this necessarily involves some kind of conscious control over physical patterns. Some mechanism by which we, as humans, are able to direct the paths of the atoms and molecules that travel within our brains and by which are composed our thoughts and memories.

Atheist Jerry Coyne has said,
...all sciences are in principle reducible to the laws of physics,”  Either we’re molecules in motion or we’re not. (Jerry Coyne)


But as the writer of the longer article says,
Nobody thinks his daughter is just molecules in motion and nothing but; nobody thinks the Holocaust was evil, but only in a relative, provisional sense. A materialist who lived his life according to his professed convictions—understanding himself to have no moral agency at all, seeing his friends and enemies and family as genetically determined robots—wouldn’t just be a materialist: He’d be a psychopath.
I think this blind atheistic position is well summed up by another quote from the article, this one by author George Orwell
“One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.”

Take Care

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