Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 10, 2014

Why Do Atheists Care?

Evolution Everywhere

Why does it matter what a person believes?

Last week I described the small furor that erupted on Twitter over this blog post: Which Came First, the Turkey or the Egg?.

This blog really touched a sore spot with some people, and I wondered why.

It’s a puzzle to me why evolutionists or atheists care so much. If there is no God, no purpose in life, and no after-life, as atheists insist, then why does it matter what I or anyone else believes? Ultimately, it makes absolutely no difference (if atheists are right). So why do they get so exercised over creationists’ activities?

It’s easy to understand why Christians care. We believe that mankind is under the judgment of God for his sin, and the only escape from God’s wrath is through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To put it bluntly, we want to let people know how to escape eternal Hell.

In addition, in this life Christians have the privilege and purpose to know and glorify the magnificent Ruler of the Universe. In this life everything truly matters.

Creationists are zealous to defend the Genesis record of history, because we see it as directly involving the authority of the Word of God. If Genesis is not true, what else is not true in the Bible?

But why do evolutionists care? Why do evolutionary atheists like Bill Nye and Richard Dawkins work so hard trying to convince people that their belief system of evolutionary atheism is “right”? Why do they care? Why do they fight so hard against God?

They may answer: “It’s important that people know and believe the truth.”

I would agree, but what is “truth” if there is no God to define an ultimate truth standard.
If there is no God, then there is no such thing as Truth.
In that case, both “The turkey came first” and “The egg came first” are both “true” and “false.”
This clear contradiction means that the original assumption (“There is no God”) must be false.

Bill Nye says his efforts are because children brought up as creationists won’t be able to contribute in the fields of science and engineering. But this is not the real reason, because many have demonstrated to Nye that thousands of creationists have made major contributions in science and engineering. In fact most of the founding fathers of the sciences were creationists.

Nye and Dawkins are not being honest with themselves or the public. They are not real atheists, despite their protests. They know there is a God. They are simply suppressing that truth for themselves and trying to suppress it for everybody else. Scripture says that there are no true atheists, because God made Himself evident to all men through what He made.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:18-20)

Dawkins is writing a 3-volume autobiography, An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist. In the year-old first volume, Dawkins described how he suppressed the truth.

Dawkins says in childhood he was “a strong believer in a non-denominational creator god.” He wanted to become a biologist like his father in order to teach the truth about the “creator god.” But Dawkins began to suppress this truth under the influence of evolutionary persuaders:

“I became increasingly aware that Darwinian evolution was a powerfully available alternative to my creator god as an explanation of the beauty and apparent design of life. . . . eventually a friend persuaded me of the full force of Darwin’s brilliant idea and I shed my last vestige of theistic credulity, probably at the age of about sixteen. It wasn’t long then before I became militantly atheistic.”
(Dawkins, An Appetite for Wonder, p. 142)

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What is it that drives evolutionists to fight against the concept of an Almighty Creator God?

The answer is given in Romans 1:18-32. It is unrighteousness or sin. Romans says men suppress the truth in unrighteousness and refuse to thank or honor God. In response, God gives them over to “degrading passions” and a “depraved mind” and as a result they can’t think clearly.

Polymath Aldous Huxley (1894–1963) is an example. Aldous was the grandson of the agnostic zoologist Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895). Thomas was known as “Darwin’s Bulldog” because of his tenacious and belligerent defense of Darwin and his ideas. Aldous chose an atheistic belief system in part for immoral reasons.

“For myself as, no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom; we objected to the political and economic system because it was unjust. The supporters of these systems claimed that in some way they embodied the meaning (a Christian meaning, they insisted) of the world. There was an admirably simple method of confuting these people and at the same time justifying ourselves in our political and erotic revolt: we could deny that the world had any meaning whatsoever.”
(From Huxley, Ends and Means, 1937, page 316. See Huxley quote.)

Huxley rejected the truth of God in order to revel in unrighteousness. It’s ironic that he rejects a political and economic system because “it was unjust.” What standard does he use to make this moral judgment?

Questions to Ponder
  1. Have you ever encountered an evolutionary or atheistic proselytizer? What could you discern about their motivation?
  2. What moral issue in your own life might be influencing you to suppress the truth in a specific area?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the prequels:
Which Came First, the Turkey or the Egg?
Twitter Erupts Over Turkeys

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday December 10, 2014 A.D.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32)

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  1. My experience with atheists (and agnostics which are the same thing in my opinion), and I have quite a lot of experience with them, is that they are trying to convince everyone else that they are right just to justify their beliefs to themselves, not the world in general. They seem to think, in my opinion, that in presenting their “view” loud enough and long enough, they can justify their belief system and make their belief system “true”. Isn’t that really what a believer in God does? Aren’t Christians just trying to bring people to the Truth by arguing the points God gives us in His Word? From that conclusion, we can achieve the idea that Atheism is just another religion/belief system. They care, like Christians care, because it is what they “believe”.

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting. I agree with you that Atheism is a belief system, worldview, or religion. But I don’t agree that atheists care like Christians care. I don’t think Christians are trying to justify their belief system to themselves, as you suggest for atheists. See above in my post for the reasons I think Christians care.

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      • Rereading my post, I can understand how you could read it that way. It is not what I meant LOL. Atheists are trying to convince (you and particularly themselves), Christians are trying to save/share/help/spread the joy of peace. There is a huge difference and is what I was trying to say …. 🙂

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  2. I was taught creationism. I didn’t learn about evolution until college. I care because I want people to understand and have the capacity to think about science. Why? Because I believe we’ll have a better society if we’re scientifically literate. Why do I care about society? Because as long as humans exist, I want them to live positive, happy lives and I know that science can contribute.

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  3. Actually most atheists don’t care. Your only seeing the ones who do, and they tend to be a rabid lot, so generate a lot of attention. It’s a bit like most Muslims don’t care, or most Chinese. In fact billions of other world view or beliefs.
    You have to be careful about proclaiming atheists as defending their belief; most of the rabid ones are presenting the “scientific” view, which quite a number of Christian scientists would also agree with.

    Richard said ” Christians are trying to save/share/help/spread the joy of peace.”. Well, when you take that to an atheist, they tend to come out fighting, though with out doubt there are others who are spoiling for the fight anyway.

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