Worldview Week 6: Atheism

I’m blogging through a worldview class I’m teaching for our homeschool coop through the next year in this series of posts. Each week I’ll post a class outline and notes.


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Thoughts From this Week’s Class

  • Atheism is deeply tied to evolutionary theory, which originated long before Charles Darwin. Evolution is traceable at least to ancient Greece as an underpinning point of ancient atheistic belief.
  • Atheism has no mechanism through which to frame the “why” question in terms of purpose (teleology) rather than “how” (engineering or scientific). This makes sense given the atheistic reliance on science and the scientific method as the final arbiter of all truth.
  • Atheism answers the “why” question by responding with “how;” atheistic thinkers simply assume there is no “why,” or rather “why” is just a figure of speech, and artifact of the ancient pre-scientific thinking that led to religious belief in the first place.
  • Religious belief is one of the two primary problems humanity needs to overcome in order to fix what’s wrong with the world. In atheism, religious belief is anti-rational, being based on faith rather than fact, and therefore is stalling the ability of humans to adapt and survive.
  • Compassionate social structures are the second primary problem facing the evolutions of human life. Compassion helps the least adapted to survive, which slows down the evolution of the race at large.
  • There are atheistic frameworks into which you can place compassion and religion as evolutionary adaptations; keeping the weak around to support the stronger and more fit (so long as they don’t overproduce) increases the gene pool, and also provides for the basic needs of the more advanced among the human race.
  • The only rational basis for morality in atheism is the survival of the race at large. Hence morals must either be group based (what is best for the most people, the race at large, or the most evolved within the race), or it must be individually based (the fittest should survive, and the remainder die off).

There are several logical contradictions within the atheistic worldview we should note.

  • If my thoughts are simply a product of random variable processes, then why should I trust those thoughts, or the scientific process that uncovers how they work?
  • Why should the survival of the species be of any import? If there is no god, and there is no spiritual world, then why does it matter whether or not the human race survives? The single imperative “to evolve the human race” underlies the entire moral system of atheism, but there is no point on which to ground this imperative.
  • If random chance is the foundation of all life and thought, then why should the world be consistent in a way that allows for the scientific method to work? If these “emergent patterns” are a result of a randomly selected set of mathematical formulas that under lie our entire world, why should the set of mathematical formulas remain constant?

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