Category Atheism

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Why Atheism?

The Big Questions, as their name implies, are questions about who we are, about the universe we live in, about our place in the universe, and more along these lines. Theistic religions, especially those that proselytize, have constructed cases for their beliefs that tend to pay a great deal of attention to these Big Questions. Sometimes widespread and culturally dominant religions even succeed in defining the terms of the questions, so as to give themselves greater assurance of their influence on the lives of their adherents and the societies in which they thrive. So far, we have considered w...
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Finding hope in a godless world

Finding Hope in a Godless World

What hope can the atheist have? This question, often intended to be rhetorical, has long been a favorite of theists and apologists seeking to emphasize the importance of a life lived by faith. Christian apologist William Lane Craig lists it as one of three reasons for why the existence of god makes a difference. “If God does not exist,” he contends, “then we must ultimately live without hope. If there is no God, then there is ultimately no hope for deliverance from the shortcomings of our finite existence.”1 These shortcomings Craig identifies as evil, aging, disease, and death, and because t...

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Death: An Atheist Perspective

If one thing can be said for certain about death, it would be that it has undoubtedly crossed all of our minds at some moment or other. Many of us have lost friends or loved ones, some of us have nearly lost our own lives, and others have even witnessed death on a regular basis. Understandably, death makes a lot of us uncomfortable, leaving behind several significant questions...

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Is Atheism a Religion?

According to many conservative religious apologists, like pastor and DJ Kevin Childs, atheism is a religion whose members fervently deny their religiosity.1 The purpose behind such a characterization is to dismiss atheism as an inherently hypocritical and contradictory position, thereby providing the theist with an excuse to ignore whatever valid points may be raised. This argument is usually the mark of someone having exhausted all capability for intelligent discourse, thus resorting to a weak kind of ad hominem attack...

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