#Atheists say they merely acknowledge one less #God than #theists. But there’s infinitely more to an atheist’s disavowal.
Me – I critically examine worldviews before I buy in: coherence, correspondence, underlying presuppositions. Hope you do too.
He – How did you critically examine your religion?
Me – Are beliefs internally coherent (with their logic) and do they correspond to reality, including their answer to the human condition.
He – It [atheism] is consistent with all empirical evidence of our universe, too.
Me – The thing I’d be concerned with, as an atheist, is not trying to skate free. That’s
He – What’s dishonest about not believing in superstitions that don’t have a shred of empirical
evidence that back them?
Me – The intellectual dishonesty I referenced arises when one won’t evaluate their worldview,
e.g. an atheist won’t defend their worldview.
He – I always give people the opportunity to empirically back their claims of deities and other
Me – But that’s not you defending the foundation of your worldview, or even evaluating it as a
He – Atheism is not a worldview. Rational skepticism is. Atheism is a conclusion.
Me – They’re both isms.If you won’t defend it with me, please defend it to yourself, as a
worldview. I wish you the best.
He – Why do you think atheism needs to be defended? What claim is it making?
Me – That’s a cop out. We all have worldviews. Either you have one, or you have uncritically or
unknowingly assimilated one.
He – Ok. I have surmised that there is no intelligent agency in nature. Is that a world view?…
Me – Is that the only thing you base your life on and find meaning in?
He – No. In fact I rarely think about that.
At last, the truth comes out—either he’s trying to skate free or he has no critically evaluated answers to the basic questions of life, only a blanket disavowal of the need to answer these questions. Deep inside, I think he wants these questions answered in an intellectually satisfying way and, with his materialistic worldview, he’s probably living with many points of tension.
H L Wegley