Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Honest Atheists

Blind, Pitiless Indifference

There are few honest atheists around.  Those that are tend to embarrass fellow-travellers.  Merry warriors enlisted in God's Kingdom enjoy reminding them about honest atheists, thus heightening the embarrassment.

A World without God

Justin Taylor 12:24 am CT
June 5, 2013

In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
—Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (Basic Books, 1995), 95.

Such, in outline, but even more purposeless, more void of meaning, is the world which Science presents for our belief. Amid such a world, if anywhere, our ideals henceforward must find a home.
That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving;
that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms;
that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave;
that all the labours of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system,
and that the whole temple of Man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins—
all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain, that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand.
Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built.
—Bertrand Russell, “A Free Man’s Worship” (1903); emphasis added.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Garrghhh. That should cheer every atheist immensely. A world without life, composed of minerals and elements inter-reacting, humanoids bumbling around pointlessly bouncing off each other like atoms in a cloud chamber. If there are any further choices they are most likely suicide, strong drink or God. And if we don't stop trying to depress everyone into the Good News my money is on their choosing the first two.