Let’s Do This
It looks like research and that leads to education, so I’m in… I don’t have any thought provoking introduction. Education is always the answer, well, it is if the question is not ‘does that saber tooth tiger’s tonsils look inflamed to you?’
ED: It turns out that the questions were not as interesting as I had first thought them to be. Several seemed rather silly.
- How would you define atheism?
The lack of belief in gods or the supernatural
- Do you act according to what you believe (there is no God) in or what you don’t believe in (lack belief in God)?
There is no god to believe in so there is no reason to act with reference to that, god’s don’t enter into how I live just like the easter bunny and tooth fairy.
- Do you think it is inconsistent for someone who “lacks belief” in God to work against God’s existence by attempting to show that God doesn’t exist
No, acting against harmful and dangerous ideas is not inconsistent with lack of belief in gods.
- How sure are you that your atheism properly represents reality?
As sure as the evidence will allow me to be. As sure as the lack of a god’s presence warrants. Where I am infinitely more certain that there are no gods than I am certain it’s possible for a god to exist.
- How sure are you that your atheism is correct?
As certain as the facts will allow one to be. There has never been credible evidence for the existence of a god. Atheism is the right position in light of that lack of evidence.
- How would you define what truth is?
That which is not shown to be false and which has high probability of being true. That said, true has several meanings. People want to give the value ‘truth’ metaphysical meaning but there is no such thing. Newtonian physics was truth until it wasn’t. It still is truth but not for all situations.
- Why do you believe your atheism is a justifiable position to hold?
Because there has never been credible evidence for the existence of any god.
- Are you a materialist or a physicalist or what?
materialismAs a theory, materialism is a form of physicalism and belongs to the class of monist ontology. As such, it is different from ontological theories based on dualism or pluralism. For singular explanations of the phenomenal reality, materialism would be in contrast to idealism, neutral monism and spiritualism.
Monism is the philosophical view that a variety of existing things can be explained in terms of a single reality or substance
I am a monist, atheist, anti-theist, existential nihilist, mechanical atheist and so on
- Do you affirm or deny that atheism is a worldview? Why or why not?
Atheism is not a world view. It is a single point view – relating only to the existence of gods and the supernatural
- Not all atheists are antagonistic to Christianity but for those of you who are, why the antagonism?
Christianity and Abrahamic monotheism is caustic to society, it is dangerous and deluded. It seeks to harm those that will not submit and assimilate.
- If you were at one time a believer in the Christian God, what caused you to deny his existence?
The utter lack of evidence, starting with the way that believers act, then onto the ridiculousness of the bible and doctrine, then to how it is claimed that god intercedes – strictly through nature. Starting in Genesis we have a string of stories that are without evidence and completely unbelievable on the face of them.
- Do you believe the world would be better off without religion?
Yes, see number 10
- Do you believe the world would be better off without Christianity?
Yes, see numbers 10 and 12
- Do you believe that faith in a God or gods is a mental disorder?
I may not be qualified to diagnose a mental disorder, but if mental disorders are the temporary or permanent incapacity to think critically and interact in nominal ways with society without causing harm, then yes, it is a mental disorder.
- Must God be known through the scientific method?
If a thing cannot be known via the scientific method, it cannot be known. Otherwise Christians would have to admit that Vishnu is real, the FSM exists, and so on. Christians would not accept on faith alone the existence of other non corporal beings.
- If you answered yes to the previous question, then how do you avoid a category mistake by requiring material evidence for an immaterial God?
If the god can interact and intercede in the physical world it can be physically verified. This is not a category mistake. If a god cannot interact with the physical world why pray to it?
- Do we have any purpose as human beings?
Yes: eat, breathe, drink, procreate, sleep, repeat … any order you prefer
- If we do have purpose, can you as an atheist please explain how that purpose is determined?
This purpose is found in all living things. It is minimal for survival of a species.
- Where does morality come from?
Morality is always subjective, it comes from our own intuition and experience.
- Are there moral absolutes?
- If there are moral absolutes, could you list a few of them?
See number 20.
- Do you believe there is such a thing as evil? If so, what is it?
A really good plot point. The ‘evil’ would be an absolute… evil does not exist.
- If you believe that the God of the Old Testament is morally bad, by what standard do you judge that he is bad?
The same standard by which I judge everything: my own internal ethics… just as you and all believers do.
- What would it take for you to believe in God?
I have a couple of posts on that. Consider what it would take for you to believe that Zeus and Thor are real? That might work for me in the case of your god.
- What would constitute sufficient evidence for God’s existence?
If the evidence were to convert all non-believers and all other religion believers unequivocally — that should do it.
- Must this evidence be rationally based, archaeological, testable in a lab, etc., or what?
No, YHWH can come on down to the mall on Friday night and start his campaign there. If it’s not enough to convert Muslims on the spot I’m probably not going to buy it.
- Do you think that a society that is run by Christians or atheists would be safer? Why?
Safer for who? The answer is that theists by definition will curtail the liberties of others. It is not the safer options.
- Do you believe in free will? (free will being the ability to make choices without coersion).
Yes. I’ve written quite a bit about it
- If you believe in free will, do you see any problem with defending the idea that the physical brain, which is limited and subject to the neuro-chemical laws of the brain, can still produce free will choices?
I have no problem defending the brain being the source of mind and free will.
- If you affirm evolution and that the universe will continue to expand forever, then do you think it is probable that given enough time, brains would evolve to the point of exceeding mere physical limitations and become free of the physical and temporal and thereby become “deity” and not be restricted by space and time? If not, why not?
No, see number 29. Universe expansion does not mean brains will expand. There are limits to how much brain matter the body can support. There is no dieties… brains are not going to become deities.
- If you answered the previous question in the affirmative, then aren’t you saying that it is probable that some sort of God exists?
I did not, and no it is not probable that some sort of god exists.