Why Are You an Atheist?
Published Tue Nov 07, 2017 | Posted in Impressions | By Linda Jenkinson |
Although phrased in an infinite number of ways, "Why are you an atheist?" is a question that is asked repeatedly on the popular question and answer site, Quora. I recently saw the following biblical references in answer to the question:
- Timothy 2:12: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, she must be silent.”
- Exodus 22:18: “Do not allow a sorceress to live.”
- Psalm 137: “Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us / He who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.”
- Romans 1:27: “[…] Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.”
- Peter 2:18: “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.”
These biblical refrences do not explain that there is no god, just that if there is a god he/she/it is a cruel oaf. They also intimate that “no god” considers only the non-existence of the Abrahamic god.
People proclaim all manner of creatures to be “God” and they are all just a fabrication of the human psyche and the cultures wherein different groups of humans live. Describing god in such a limited way does injustice to the dozens of logical explanations that the likelihood of a god’s existence is implausible, if possible at all.
The old saying, “The heart wants what it wants” applies to the head, too. The only way to convince the head to change what it believes is to learn the facts behind an issue and then develop some logical conclusions from those facts:
Some of those facts are:
- The size of Earth is microscopic in comparison to the vastness of the universe. In fact, so is the size of our solar system in relation to the vastness of the universe.
- There are billions and billions of life forms on Earth surrounded by at least one universe that is home to billions and billions of stars, planets, asteroids, etc.
- On the pale blue dot we call Earth, there is also a near infinite variety of non-living and inert matter.
The idea that a being so genius as to create every aspect of Earth and/or the Universe would be interested in micro-managing any part of its creation, if not impossible is certainly implausible.
There is no empirical evidence that supports the existence of god(s). The only evidence of god(s) is in most cases ancient, anecdotal, and not supported by science, and is insufficient to undergo scientific examination or analysis. Yet, it is only through science that we continue to learn and evolve far beyond the constraints of ancient religions.