Saturday, September 05, 2015

Can Atheism be true if Atheists can't agree?


On July 11, 2015, Unbelievable, hosted by Justin Brierley, presented a discussion with Andrew Whyte and Nabeel Qureshi on the subject “Can Christianity be true if Christians can’t agree on doctrine?”  As I was listening, I couldn’t help but wonder why the accusation being brought against Christians wasn’t itself applicable if applied to atheists.  To wit: if Christianity is false because Christians can’t agree on doctrine, then is atheism false because atheists can’t agree on…atheism?

A brief search revealed a rather divergence of beliefs among atheists:

If you consider yourself an atheist, are you Gnostic or Agnostic; Negative or Positive; Implicit or Explicit; Strong or Weak; Broad or Narrow; Unfriendly, Indifferent, or Friendly; Passive, Evangelical, Active, or Militant; Religious (Classic Buddhism, Atheistic Hinduism, Unitarians, Jains) or Non-religious?

Then there is Humanism – Secular Humanism, Renaissance Humanism, Posthumanism, Educational Humanism, Integral Humanism, Philosophical Humanism, Progressive Humanism, Literary Humanism, Cultural Humanism, Naturalistic Humanism, Scientific Humanism, Ethical Humanism and Democratic Humanism

Add to that Marxism, Naturalism, Enchanted Naturalism, Rationalism, Skepticism, Scientism, Materialism, Nihilism, Hedonism and now there is even Apatheism.

Isn’t there just too much diversity among atheistic beliefs?  Perhaps Andrew White, who posts videos about diversity among Christians, is willing to make a series of videos on the diversity among atheists about their various beliefs (or lack thereof).

Read the book, don't wait for the movie,
Have a little hope on me,

Roger

1 comment:

John Moore said...

The obvious explanation is that atheists don't claim to have truth. It's fine for atheists to scramble around half blind trying to grasp some kind of unknown truth. That's what atheism is all about!

Not so with Christianity. Christ taught the real truth - period.