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What is atheism? Atheism is the worldview, which denies the existence of the spuernatural, and argues that the universe and all that is in it is a product of the random application of presently aporating natural laws. Atheism, also known as naturalism, materialism, physicalism, scientism, secular humanism, atheistic existentialism, evolutionism, etc. is, according to the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a view held by one who “maintains that there is no God; that is, that the sentence “God exists” expresses a false proposition.” Etinne Borne author of the book, Atheism, suggests that “atheism is the deliberate, definite, dogmatic denial of the existence of God. It is not satisfied
with appropriate truth or relative truth, but claims to see the ins and outs of the game quite clearly being the absolute denial of the absolute.” Madalyn Murray O’hair, founder of the American Atheists, in her book What on Earth is an Atheist? asserts:
We atheists…try to find some basis of rational thinking on which we can base our actions and our beliefs, and we have it…We accept the technical philosophy of materialism…there are no supernatural forces, no supernatural entities sauch as gods…nor can there be. We atheists believe that nature simply exists. Matter is. Material is.
The famous atheist Carl Sagan agrees saying “The Cosmos is all there ever was, is, or ever shall be.” According to Ravi Zacharias, “athesim is not merely a passive unbelief in God but an assertive denial of the major claims of all varieties of theism; atheism contradicts belief in God with a positive affirmation of matter as ultimate reality.” Moreover, he adds that “the atheist, often better described as an antitheist…asserts that God’s existence is rationally unprovable and is therefore at best a meaningless proposition.” Even though some advocate “soft” forms of atheism, such as secular humanism, these atheistic views of reality as writes Zacharias, “accomplish the same goal and end up denying God’s existence either implicitly or explicitly. Any attempt to excape the ramifications of its absoluteness is unsuccessful.” Ultimately, in atheism there is nothing beyond the natural, but more nature- no God or gods, no soul, no spiritual substance, no miraculous, no survival after death, no objective morality, no ultimate meaning, no ultimate purpose, no objective truth, no nonphysical reality whatsoever.
The next post will uncover athesim’s bias…