it takes great faith to be an atheist


where an apologists wastes so many words to show his ignorance.

Atheism is a lack of belief in gods [deities]. It says nothing about why we think pink is pink or why cows are yellow. Nothing at all.

The OP is numbered and so my response will follow the same numbering

1. what is faith? atheists certainly have it.

I believe this is true. I believe strongly that if there is any truth, the only way to arrive at it is through reason. We have no other way to arrive at judgments except through reason. It is not an issue of faith to say when I die, am dead. I have no reason to suspect otherwise.

2. from evolution

The religious person who believes Adam and Eve were created as adult beings cannot believe in any form of evolution. It would be an absurd position to believe in a god guided evolution and god’s perfect creation.

3. from the big bang

There is no evidence from the BB cosmology of an agent, divine, intelligent or what have you starting it. Besides if the theists spent more time reading than praying he would know the BB theory talks about Planck time after the beginning of inflation. We have no way of knowing what was before that, if there was ever a before.

I may hasten to add here that I don’t know how the universe came to be, if it did come to be.

4. From incomprehensible chance on a biological level:

this is the argument from design in a new formulation. It doesn’t hold.

5. From natural order:

Let’s pause a moment. Is order a property of a thing or is it our way of looking at things? Any argument from order is misguided. The same way any argument from beauty would be.

and if the theist did read more than pray, he would know that this claim

It therefore taken on blind faith by the atheist that tomorrow nature will operate in the same uniform manner that it did today, he cannot simply assume that it will.

had been covered ages ago by D. Hume when he challenged the inferences from causation. We however have no reason to suspect that nature would act differently than it did yesterday. However, if we believe in a miracle-working god, he might just stop the sun to help some christian win a war or bomb an abortion clinic or he could be helping the IS somewhere. We can never know, for the universe depends on his caprice.

6. That one-day science will explain everything:

Accuse me of scientism if you wish, but unless you can show your other ways of knowing, fuck off! No matter how many days we fast or how long our prayers, we will never know the answer to 1+1

7. That life comes from non-life:

The theist believes his god created everything ex nihilo. Why would they find it difficult to accept that life could come from non life if it can come from nothing?

8. That their thoughts have value:

My lack of belief in gods says nothing about the value of my thoughts. This is a silly argument.

9. From miracles:

What are miracles?

10. From fine tuning

Of all silly arguments, this strikes me as the one most beloved by lunatics. What would the scientists have compared the present universe to arrive at the conclusion that life wouldn’t be possible if the values were different?

In conclusion, this theist could have spent more time reading his bible than fiddling with things beyond his pay grade.

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

22 thoughts on “it takes great faith to be an atheist

  1. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Any argument from order is misguided.” – Further, via entropy, everything is moving from order to disorder – wouldn’t one expect a god’s creation of order to be perfect and eternal?

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    • makagutu says:

      God said it was good. At no time does he make improvements to it. The believer has to decide either to follow the bible or ditch it, having the bible and mixing it with current scientific learning doesn’t seem to work

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        having the bible and mixing it with current scientific learning doesn’t seem to work” – Granted, but it’s fun watching them play Ultimate Twister, trying desperately to connect the dots.

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      • James Bishop says:

        I disagree, mak. God has revealed himself in both the Biblical record and in nature. I use both to understand him fully. Some Christians don’t like this fact, but i dont see it as a problem.

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        • makagutu says:

          James, it is fine for you to disagree.
          The bible says god has revealed itself and god has revealed are two different things. Yours is a belief without evidence, that is, faith.

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  2. I’ve got some lovely Latin words for apologists: futue te ipsum. The words “I don’t know” are beyond their ability to comprehend, thus they claim to know all. futue te ipsum is what I say to them. Lordy be! but these guys are assholes!

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  3. ladysighs says:

    Instead of saying I have faith in something, I try to say I rely on something or can depend on something because I have seen the proof that something works or is possible and reasonable.

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  4. kathrynsully says:

    The whole “thoughts have no value” section pissed me off. (Actually, the whole original post pissed me off, but I don’t feel like going into that big of a rant). One of the reasons that theists need their deity and their place in heaven is because they need to feel important. If my thoughts are nothing more than synapses firing, who gives a shit. I am one measly little mortal on one measly little planet. I am not important in the grand scheme of things. I think the fact that I am unimportant is one of the biggest things that fuels me to do more in life, to strive to be a better person. We are all born insignificant, so lets become significant to each other. I don’t need some god to make me feel important, I don’t need a soul, and I don’t need heaven or eternal salvation or whatever. All I need is to be kind to my fellow man, to become significant to those I meet on a daily basis.

    I don’t know, I may be way off base here. I just got so angry!

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  5. As an empiricist, I have no ‘faith’ in anything – religious or otherwise. Trust must be earned, and beliefs must be substantiated. Assertions, claims, and opinions are not equatable to facts until proven. Since I – like all human beings – posses only a limited understanding of the cosmos, I chose to differentiate between what I’m inclined to believe in and what I actually know to be true.

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  6. Sonel says:

    The only reason why ‘believers’ fight so against ‘non-believers’ is only because they know they are not making any money out of us anymore. I always saw them as ‘salesmen’ – out to make a buck and the minute they had you, they didn’t care anymore. The after-service sucked.

    Even my African Grey can think for himself and it’s more than I can say of some of these ‘believers’. I feel sorry for them. 😉

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    • makagutu says:

      They remind me of a book I read in high school where some character says there is no use in thinking, first there is nothing new to think and the second is that thinking hurts the brain

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