Tract #61: The Atheist FAQ #2 (with Brief Answers)

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The Atheist FAQ #2 (with Brief Answers)

If you cease to exist when you die, why bother trying to accomplish anything?

I only get one life, so I want to make the most of it.

How can there be absolute moral truths without God?

Some moral truths are logically required. Many others — like murder being immoral — have definitions that aren’t universally agreed upon.

Do you disbelieve in God so that you can enjoy a sinful life without guilt?

I don’t lead an immoral life.

Do you disbelieve in God because of something bad that happened when you were a child?

No. Do you believe in God for that kind of reason?

Why is there something instead of nothing?

Why not?

If every effect has a cause, what caused the universe?

We don’t yet know enough about how the universe works to answer that question. There are many possibilities, though.

How did life on Earth begin?

We don’t yet know for sure. There are many possibilities currently being investigated.

Do you think that science has all the answers?

Science can’t answer questions outside its realm. E.g., morality can’t be investigated scientifically.

If God doesn’t exist, how were math and logic created?

Math and logic are features of reality that humanity has discovered. Any imaginable working universe has them. They weren’t created.

How can you say the Bible isn’t true when it is correct about so many things?

A historical document may be correct about some things and incorrect about others. Many historical records have this property, particularly when they concern religion or mythology.

How can you not believe the Bible when it is filled with prophecies that came true?

Biblical prophecies are generally vague, made after the fact, or not even really prophecies.

If the Bible isn’t true, why did the apostles die to support its lies?

Someone can whole-heartedly believe something even if it’s completely false.

Don’t near-death experiences prove that there is an afterlife?

No. These experiences are easily explained by science.

Do you celebrate Christmas?

Some atheists celebrate Christmas secularly.

What would you say to a dying child?

I would attempt to comfort a dying child, but I wouldn’t offer it false hopes of life after death.

What would convince you that God exists?

An unassailable logical proof of God’s existence, a state of affairs for which God is obviously the only possible solution, or personal revelation, directly from God.

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm by ideclare · Permalink
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