The Atheist’s Dilemma

I have been thinking recently about a huge dilemma that atheists face.

Assuming that an atheist believes that there is nothing beyond the physical world – nothing spiritual, they would, if they were honest, have to admit that anyone with a belief in something spiritual is actually deluded. Is imagining things. Is a bit wrong in the head, so to speak. I don’t know if any atheist psychologists have come up with a scientific name for such a disorder yet, but logically there should be one. And here’s the main bit:

If people who believe in something that doesn’t exist are wrong in the head, atheists should be really worried about the mental safety about a lot of very influential people in the world. If spirituality is a delusion, and people who believe in it are imagining things, the world is in the hands of some mentally unstable people.

This combined with the fact that atheists (being a mostly western phenomenon) are going to become a smaller proportion of the population in western countries, as there is a large migration of people from the east and middle east to western countries. We are going back to the age where western countries are filled with people who have a spiritual belief, the only difference being that Christianity may no longer be at the forefront, but one of many belief systems that are upheld.

There is an advantage for Christianity here, in that it will open people up to thinking about spirituality. But there will be a new challenge, as Christianity seeks to be the way people choose over other religions in western countries for the first time. This has previously only been an issue in countries where another religion is overwhelmingly dominant, and thankfully, under oppression Christianity often thrives. But in the freedom of the west, where anything goes, there is no oppression of the state to make Christianity the underdog. It’s just another product in a religious market, that has the advantage of being the truth, if it can get that fact through to people. I’m keen to see what happens.

24 responses to “The Atheist’s Dilemma

  1. The passage in Matthew on the genealogy of Jesus is very interesting. The writer (being Jewish) obviously shared in the Hebrew’s obsession with numbers. 14 generations between Abraham and David, 14 between David and the exile to babylon etc.

    Furthermore he goes out of his way to point out those who would be considered terrible sinners among Jesus ancestors. He doesn’t cover them up. For example, noting that Jesus descends from the tribe of Judah, but not from Judah’s first wife, but from the offspring Judah had with his daughter in law. Further down he notes that the mother of Boaz was Rahab, a prostitute from Jericho. Then he makes special note of Boaz producing offspring with Ruth, who lay next to Boaz after he was drunk, which is more than a little cheeky.

  2. You’re absolutely right about Atheists needing to be concerned about a theist/Christian majority in the U.S. We’re terrified! I guess you were making a point of some kind but really you’re just making one of ours for us. Thankfully this country is founded on non-religious principles and the government more or less upholds that charter. Otherwise I’m quite sure I would not be having the comfortable Atheist life I’m living. Just think for 5 seconds of your life. The people who are telling you how to save your soul are he same people who are telling you you’re going to hell! If the same people offering a solution to a problem are the ones giving you the problem in the first place that should open your eyes. If that strategy was used with plumbing you’d say to the plumber, “Stop tell me my pipes are bad.” Seriously, Xianity is utterly ridiculous. Obviously you haven’t heard: There are talking animals in the bible. The gospels go out of their way to (inconsistently) draw a line from David to Joseph – AND JOSEPH ISN’T EVEN THE FATHER. It comes down to this: There is no reason to believe in Christianity or God. No reason. Give a reason and I guarantee it will make you look like an imbecile.

  3. Well, Einstein did say that darkness is the absence of light.

  4. “we are not that great. for we have flaws.”

    that is the same as to say: “light” is good.
    but “darkness” flawed.

    thank you for sharing a few thoughts.

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