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Atheism Refuted…Easily (Part 2- Atheism’s Bias)

*I had to resubmit this post because of formatting issues.  I apologize for the lost comments.

The popular idea that atheistic assumptions only stem from an unbiased, critical, and scientific examination of the world is misleading and inaccurate. Most advocates of the atheistic worldview maintain that they are defenders of “free thought” in our culture. They call themselves scientists, and brag of being led by the facts to the conclusion of atheism. They suggest that any view contrary to theirs is full of biased presuppositions that ultimately skew the facts and prejudice the observations. According to an atheistic worldview, anyone who attempts to expalin reality from a theistic point of view is hopelessly painting a picture of the world that is false. They accuse theists 

of allowing religion to undermine free, critical, and supposedly unbiased reflection on the true nature of reality. Of course, a theist’s belief in the existence of God is an assumption that, at times, may prejudice his examination of the evidence. However, the atheist’s views are likewise not exempt from biased presuppositional committments. In support of this idea, consider the following statement by prominent atheist Richard Lewontin. He writes:

Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, inspite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior committment, a commitment to materialism…Moreover, materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a divine foot in the door.

The atheist’s boast that his quest for truth is untainted by religious presuppositions is ultimately a farce. Atheism claims to be true as a result of an unbiased examinationof the facts of reality, but if truth be told, it is presuppositionally committed to faith in the naturalistic worldview. Consider the words of the atheist, Dr. George Wald, former professor of biology at Harvard Univ. and the recipient of the 1971 Nobel Prize in biology. Regarding the fundamental principle of biology that life never comes form non-life, He states:

When it comes to the origin of life, we have only two possibilities as to how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution; the other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third possibility…spontaneous generation was scientifically disproved one hundered years ago by Louis Pasteur, Spellanzani, Reddi, and others. That leads us scientifically to only one conclusion- that life arose as a supernatural creative act of God…I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible, spontaneous generation arising to evolution.

These qoutations epitomize and demonstrate that an atheist’s conclusions can be prejudiced by his prior philosophical commitments just like everybody else. The claim to be the only unbiased and critical evaluators of reality is simply untrue. In fact, as the following post will reveal, belief in the non-existence of God takes more faith from the start than belief in His existence.

The next post will uncover atheism’s fatal flaw…


5 responses to “Atheism Refuted…Easily (Part 2- Atheism’s Bias)”

  1. I call shenanigans on your false dichotomy:

    When it comes to the origin of life, we have only two possibilities as to how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution; the other is a supernatural creative act of God.

    Abiogenesis does not mean the same thing as spontaneous generation.

    As cdk007 says in his video: Spontaneous generation has been disproved three times. No scientist has ever claimed it in over two hundred years.

    Way to be current.

  2. randwagner

    Mr. Ubiquitous, Your comment seems to reflect a misunderstanding of my post- and it seemsa bit abrasive. You are apparently calling me out on putting forth a false dichotomy. However, the quote you quote was from an atheist that won the Nobel Peace prize in biology in 1971. I did not make a dichotomy- he did. But my point in including it in my post was not to discuss the options of how life came to be, but to show his obvious and admitted bias toward the philosphy of naturalism and against belief in God. I’m not sure when he wrote the quote, but it is sort of irrelevant since I was not making a case for or against spontaneous genertion or creation. Your words, “Way to be current” sounds condescending. Am I misinterpreting your tone?

    peace to you, friend.

  3. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  4. highdesert

    The Wald quote is falsified. Those were not his actual words.

  5. Pedro

    I have read Wald’s quote before in various places. however, I have not been able to certify it. Some say he worte in a treatise called “The Origin of Life”. I wish I could verify this information since I have claimed in several ocasions that he quoted it.

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