Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Only Reason Why an Atheist Doesn't Believe in the Bible

I commented ...

I have philosophical reasons to think that there might be a god, but I think that the presenter misunderstands the atheist position. Most atheists that I am aware of simply say that there is no credible evidence of a god. They aren't willing to accept something without evidence, and neither am I. The Bible is not evidence of anything, except that ancient people committed atrocities in the name of religion, if we can assume that some of the accounts are true. These atrocities disprove the Bible, and the Bible loses further credibility when you realize that many stories are recycled from other religions worshiping other gods thousands of years before Judaism existed. (The flood from The Epic of Gilgamesh, Adam and Eve from The Tree of Jiva and Atman, and Jesus from the demigod Horus.) I don't expect to expect to convince many people reading this, but the point I am trying to make is that accepting ideas without evidence is not the way to think rationally. Religion puts much emphasis on faith, but that is because they can't prove their bogus claims. However, if religion gives most people's meaningless lives meaning, then I say more power to them, because why not? But a few of us prefer to believe in a rational universe with rules where cause and effect govern. Rational thinking in such a universe is based upon credible evidence.