What is the meaning of it all? Why do we even exist? What is the purpose of our lives?
In his late middle age—-after attaining great wealth, fame, and social status—-Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy realized that his rejection of God (and the Christian faith of his youth) had stripped his life of meaning and purpose. In his book A Confession, he laments the profound spiritual crisis caused by the meaninglessness … Read More
“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded!” Self-refutation is an attribute which atheism and the preceding humorous comment (attributed to baseball legend Yogi Berra) have in common. For example, the famous atheist philosopher Daniel Dennett describes Darwinism as a “universal acid; it eats through just about every traditional concept [such as Christianity] and leaves in its wake a revolutionized world-view.” But, as with other concepts which stem from the atheist… Read More
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” The misuse of language in order to deceive is one of the central themes in George Orwell’s famous novel Animal Farm. The pigs in the novel outrageously distort the word equal in order to prevent the other animals from perceiving the great inequality present on the farm.
Much like the pigs in Animal Farm, atheists do not shy… Read More
A classic Saturday Night Live sketch features comedian Steve Martin playing the role of a Medieval barber (barbers were the forerunners to modern doctors) providing a medical diagnosis of a sick girl to her mother:
“…Medicine is not an exact science, but we’re learning all the time. Why, just 50 years ago, we would have thought that your daughter’s illness was brought on by demonic possession or witchcraft [mother laughs].… Read More
Denying the reality of supernatural intervention from God (miracles) causes one to resemble the hilarious characters in Joseph Heller’s famous novel Catch-22, which features an American bomber squadron situated in World War II Europe. A SparkNotes plot overview of Catch-22 comments on Heller’s use of paradox and circular logic throughout the novel:
“Yossarian [the main character] discovers that it is possible to be discharged from military service because of insanity.… Read More
“You’re asking me to believe in sentient meat?”
“I’m not asking you, I’m telling you. These creatures are the only sentient race in the sector and they’re made of meat.”
“Oh, there is a brain all right. It’s just that the brain is made out of meat.”
“So…what does the thinking?”
“You’re not understanding, are you? The brain does the thinking. The meat.”
“Thinking meat! You’re asking me… Read More