Thirteen Reasons Why Atheism is Implausible

Why Atheism is Agnostic & Irrational

  1. Purpose — Atheism cannot perceive an ultimate purpose for humankind and the universe. Without God, there is no ultimate purpose. Without God, humanity will eventually cease to exist, the stars will go dark, and the galaxies will drift into nothingness forever.
  2. Honesty — Secularism assumes unbiased neutrality and yet excludes other plausible explanations that include recognizing God. A person who disregards or reinterprets God to reject God is not honest. Neutrality cannot disregard probability and reason.
  3. Morality — Atheism is limitless in moral boundaries, and thereby, secularists can invent their own morality. Such subjective morality allows morally corrupt societies and individuals to set their own moral definitions and limits. However, most people live by some sense of fairness that they expect others to already know. While people can corrupt their moral consciences, humanity needs an objective moral corrective. However, atheism denies the only plausible objective standard for morality. Secularism can only support subjective morality either from society, instinct, or personal choice. Furthermore, subjective morality is self-centered by definition while objective morality is selfless — altruistic. Without God, there are no objective moral values. However, there are objective moral values. Therefore, God exists. God is the objective moral standard and His revelation is the moral corrective for humanity.
  4. Motives — Atheistic worldviews are free from an objective corrective of motives. Therefore, the selfishness of subjective morality thrives in secularism. Secularism ignores and atheism denies the only plausible moral corrective who is God. Subjective morality allows people to set their own morals and then invest in potentially meaningless ventures and destructive innovations for the purposes of euthanasia, abortion, and genocide. However, the God-given conscience and moral standard motivates humanity toward respecting life, compassionate action, and saving lives. Humanity’s universal sense of fairness demonstrates a transcendent moral corrective of motives — who is God.
  5. Virtue — Secular reason cannot define love or any virtue. Secularism cannot explain the origin of constant virtues or how such moral principles can exist before a person to possess these virtues. The atheistic position holds that one loves others through survival instinct and, or social construct. Constant virtue requires that some person constantly and always possess such virtues, and therefore, God must exist as the constant who always possesses virtue. Virtue can neither be greater than God nor have been contrived by God, but must exist as a part of God’s eternal nature.
  6. Rights — Secularism disregards and atheism undermines humanity’s equality and unalienable rights. If there is no Creator, there are no unalienable rights. However, humanity’s universal sense of fairness establishes the existence of certain unalienable rights — objective moral behavior toward others. These rights are entitlements that people owe to others. These rights exist according to constant virtues and objective morality. Unalienable rights require the existence of the Creator as the moral standard. Secularism ignores that the Creator made humanity in His likeness. Secularism does not recognize faith in God and thus cannot defend the rights and liberty of others who believe they are “under God.” Atheistic worldviews disregard that people trust in the Creator, and thus atheism is impotent to comprehend, regard, and defend religious liberties. Atheism undermines the human conviction to stand for life and liberty.
  7. Reason — Atheistic thinking hinders individuals from reasoning beyond assumptions of naturalism. Naturalism presupposes that science is the only reliable way to know something, and yet science cannot prove science by circular reasoning. Science also presupposes logic, and science cannot prove logic. Secularists may use reason without considering the origin of reason. How can the laws of logic exist outside the mind? Objective logic exists as eternal constants and yet among fallible human minds. Where was logic before humanity? Objective logic most probably existed in an objective mind, which must also be constant and eternal. Furthermore, if cognitive ability is reliable, then cognitive ability must result from design. If cognitive ability does not result from design, then naturalism supposes that cognitive ability came through developments essential to survival and thus one will most likely believe what is necessary for survival mixing reality with lies. Therefore, if cognitive functions evolved, these most probably accept lies needed for survival and allows unreliable electrochemical reactions in the brain. For this reason, naturalists cannot trust one’s own brain, mind, and thoughts. However, cognitive ability is only reliable through the design of God.
  8. Causation — Atheistic thought detaches academic thinking from self-evident truths of the Creator. Naturalism cannot explain causation before the beginning state of the expansion of the universe. Thereby, naturalism hinders the study of causation in cosmology. Naturalists usually reject concepts of time beyond space-time and thus ignore the cause of the universe beyond the universe and space-time. However, everything that begins to exist has a cause. Furthermore, everything in the universe began to exist and thus the universe began. Because the universe is expanding and its usable energy is decreasing, the expansion of the universe had a beginning and thus the universe must have begun. Therefore, since the universe began to exist, the universe has a cause. That cause must extend beyond the nature of the universe.
  9. Science — Secularism bypasses the definition of science, which is “knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation” (M-W.com). Naturalism also asserts abiogenesis, the evolution of genera, and a singularity for universe’s expansion. However, these lack observation and experiments for support, and by definition, abiogenesis, evolution of genera, and the expansion of the universe from a singularity is not science. Naturalism does not stand on science but on a Godless worldview. Observations indicate a beginning to the universe’s order and a Creator beyond the universe.
  10. Design — Secular “science” absolves secularists from considering that design is the cause of the fine-tuning of cosmological constants and the cause of the habitability of life on earth. Naturalism does not consider the anthropic principle, because atheistic positions ignore ultimate reason that any life is able to observe the cosmos and the complexity of biology. Naturalism thinks little about why biology is more complex than human design. Anything more complex than design is most probably designed.
  11. Revelation — Secularists can imagine a being from another world creating humanity and yet exclude God from creating humanity in His likeness. Atheists can imagine a being communicating to people from another world, and yet, atheism excludes recognizing God communicating to humanity from another existence. Humanity cannot know God’s reasoning through atheistic reasoning. However, the Creator of the universe is probable to communicate with His creation as He knows best through language. Language consists of the complexity of design, and humanity consists of the ability to communicate via language. As the moral conscience affirms, humanity is in need of a moral corrective by a standard of morality and virtue — God and His Word.
  12. History — Secularists must reinterpret Jesus to exclude God. This predisposition must dismiss historical facts about Jesus and ignore testimonial evidence of His life. From the beginning, the apostles case for Jesus’s resurrection were predictive prophecies, an empty tomb, and experiences of eyewitness seeing Jesus bodily risen from the dead (Acts 2; 13; 1 Cor 15:1–11). Unbelievers lean upon ad hoc possibilities to understand Jesus in history. An appeal to possibility is a logical fallacy. People can continuously contrive possibilities, but inventing possibilities does consider the most probable and plausible explanation. Many unbelievers avoid thinking about why Christians exist and how the church first came to exist. Critical scholars do recognize that the first believers experienced Jesus risen from the dead and thus the church began. These Christians did not perceived Jesus as an apparition, dream, or feeling, but that they experienced and sincerely believed that Jesus rose bodily from the dead. Secularism hinders accepting a historical picture of Jesus even from minimal facts surrounding Jesus’s death. The earliest record of the first believers is in the Christians Scriptures. The Gospel is the earliest Christian record of those who first doubted, opposed the faith, and came to believe via experiencing Jesus risen from the dead. Critical scholars date the record to the first believers in about AD 30–36 (1 Cor 15:1–11; Gal 1:12–2:12).
  13. Reality — Atheistic thinking detaches people from reality. Working from the framework of naturalism, atheism limits a person’s ability to reconsider and accept facts contrary to atheism. Secularism dulls the sight of a person’s worldview and excludes any greater reality. Therefore, the only way for secularists to test their worldview is via conflict of moral conscience and most importantly by reverence and admiration for Jesus of Nazareth.

About Scott J Shifferd

Minister, church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]yahoo.com
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