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Why I Am an Atheist

Why I am an atheist basically goes back to the core question of the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Unless you’re Deep Thought, the answer to the question isn’t simple. This whole section is here so that I can slowly piece my thoughts together and maybe someday convey a cohesive image of what I believe. However, a centerpiece would be nice so I’ve collected the more salient points in bullet-list form here.

I like science. I’m not any good at it, but I like it. If you were to ask me basic questions about biology and chemistry, I probably couldn’t answer any beyond a fifth grade level. The thing that is attractive to me about good science is the systematic pursuit of knowledge using logic to formulate a hypothesis and then testing the hypothesis in a thorough and controlled manner. There is no fantasy in science. We do not fill the gaps in our knowledge with guesswork. There is simply what we know and can prove, and what we do not know.

I believe that science and the empirical method can eventually answer all of our questions about life, the universe, and everything. Our progress towards that goal is limited only by our willingness to invest time and effort in pursuing it. Science also has a much better track record at uncovering the truth. Let me provide a quick demonstration: Science versus the Holy Bible*.

Question Science Bible Winner
Which organ in the body processes thoughts? The brain The heart Genesis 6:5, Proverbs 23:7, Luke 9:47, Hebrews 4:12, etc Science
What type of animal is a bat? A mammal A bird Leviticus 11:13-19, Deuteronomy 14:11-20 Science
How many human generations were there before the Christian time of Jesus (1 BC)? The species Homo sapiens has existed for 100,000 – 200,000 years, which would be at least 5,000 generations. 62 20 listed in Luke 3:34-38 plus 42 listed in Matthew 1:17 Science
How old is the Earth? MUCH older than 6,000 years (current estimates put it at about 4.5 billion years). 6,000 years Add up the genealogies from Adam to Jesus and add 2,000 years since 1 AD. Science

The reason I’m going on about science is because when I started my personal journey to discover the the truth of life, the universe, and everything, I wanted to start by identifying the method that would most reliably and accurately expose the truth.

– Question everything
– It must logically make sense
– Feelings and emotions are byproducts of the search, not guideposts
– Accept what you do not know
– Assume nothing (our fear of death causes us to make many bad assumptions that religion capitalizes on to our detriment)

*Now I’ll admit, I’m using common sense and my limited knowledge of biology and geology to award these questions to science. I do feel pretty confident that a bat is a mammal and the brain is the part of the body that thinks. The other two can get bogged down in the ridiculous Creationism (or Intelligent Design) debate, but I’m not going to address that now. However, I definitely will at some point.

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