Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Atheist Faith

I do not have enough faith to be an atheist. That statement bothers atheists because they like to believe they are free from faith, but they are not. You cannot believe something except from the position of another belief, and the atheist view is generally held with tenacious conviction rather than the scientific incredulity that is open to new facts, logic, and evidence. At least this is true of the atheists I have met and interacted with personally. Here's a quote from Mark Mittelberg that explains this even better.
This might surprise you, but even atheists live by faith. ... They operate in the belief that there is no Creator, no higher moral law to which they are accountable, no divine judgement and no afterlife. They can't prove any of these things. They don't know for a fact that there is no God, spiritual standard, day of reckoning or existence after death. In fact, most people in the world believe that denying these things goes against the evidence as well as human experience and therefore requires more faith.
Most atheists I've met seem to believe they are more rational and reasonable than people who do believe in God. That seems more like arrogance or ignorance (or both) wrapped in pride to me. I guess that's why I've never met a truly humble atheist. Those that are humble move into agnosticism, and the truly honest agnostics don't stay in that questioning state indefinitely. They get off the fence and either go back to being prideful atheists, or they evolve into people who believe in God and pursue truth in humility, at least in my experience. I'm sure there are exceptions.

The atheist worldview is generally based on a form of scientism, which is "a belief in the universal applicability of the scientific method and approach, and the view that empirical science constitutes the most authoritative worldview or most valuable part of human learning to the exclusion of other viewpoints." [Source: Wikipedia]

How much an atheist's scientistic view excludes other viewpoints is fluid, but every atheist I've met or interacted with personally has a worldview informed by secular humanism and buttressed by some form of scientism, without exception. Atheists like to believe they have a scientific understanding of the world, but they have mistaken the materialistic presuppositions used in doing science with materialistic conclusions. They use bad logic to justify their willful denial of the evidence for God. In the end, that is how atheists roll. It isn't a matter of evidence at all, but a matter of the will. They don't want to believe in God, so any argument or endless series of arguments is sufficient to remain willfully ignorant of the many dozens of arguments and plentiful evidence in favor of God.

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