Why Atheism Fails

What is atheism?

If you ask an atheist this question most often they will carefully explain to you that atheism is ‘a lack of belief in God’.

They’re very sensitive about this.

From the horse’s mouth.

A lack of belief is not the same thing as non-belief. To claim God ‘does not exist’ is an absolute statement, and one which is virtually impossible to prove deductively.

So the atheist will simply say they ‘lack belief’ and will say this is mostly because of a ‘lack of sufficient evidence’ (agnosticism).

Some atheists are happy to flat-out deny the existence of God and explicitly deny He exists, but most do not.

In practise however, virtually all atheists live life as if God does not exist and harbour a characteristic antagonism towards religious belief.

“I do not believe in God. I am an atheist. I consider myself a Critical thinker, and it fascinates me in the 21st Century people still believe in, as George Carlin puts it, ‘the invisible man living in the sky’.” – Seth MacFarlane

In fact many of the most recognisable atheists, like Richard Dawkins, appear to have made a name for themselves primarily thanks to their condescending, albeit charismatic, public personas.

If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and sheer ignorance as religion is, you’d resign in protest. – Bill Maher

Belief in any kind of god is, in the mind of many atheists, the antithesis of intelligent, human reasonableness.

Supposedly atheism captures a spectrum of beliefs, from outright rejection of any supernatural phenomena at all, to more of an openness to some more spiritualised forms of religion which do not necessarily believe in a ‘god’ per se (like buddhism, or even weird stuff like Satanism and nature worship).

But for the most part atheism rejects any reference to the supernatural, including ghosts and the paranormal, inter-dimensional spirituality, the human soul or any kind of afterlife (including reincarnation).

What you see is what you get.

Given that atheism rejects the supernatural atheists are, unsurprisingly, huge fans of science.

To many atheists, science has all the tools to explain virtually all of our existence, because science is the study of the natural world, and the natural world is all there is.

How does the atheist explain our world?

Atheism is a worldview really, just like Christianity is a worldview.

Atheism may try to limit itself to ‘a lack of belief in gods’, but lacking a belief in gods requires one to hold at least minimal beliefs about other things without reference to any god.

If God does not exist, then what caused the universe to exist?

How is it that the universe seems to be so perfectly fine tuned for life?

What is morality and where did it come from?

Atheism should be able to offer some alternative explanations for these things. Most importantly, as Ravi Zacharias explains here:

“A worldview basically offers answers to four necessary questions: origin, meaning, morality, and destiny [purpose].”

In other words, a belief that God doesn’t exist (or is not the most likely explanation), needs to be able to explain (or at least have some idea) how to answer questions like what mechanisms gave rise to the universe, biological life, human consciousness or the laws of nature and logic? Do our lives have meaning? Is there such a thing as good and evil?

Realistically it should be able to offer up a more compelling response than that given by any alternative.

In fact if atheism is the correct worldview, and it is true God does not exist, then you would expect atheism to have bettermore likely explanations for everything we see.

Except it doesn’t.

In fact atheism fails to explain the majority of big picture questions it should be able to explain.

Here’s why… 

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Atheists claim to believe in science but…

Editors note: In my last post I took issue with yet another random internet thing I found, and explained what was wrong with it. This post I thought I would go on the offensive. This post is my own little random internet thing, please enjoy.

Atheists claim the intellectual high ground. Atheism is not shackled by the crushing bonds of outdated superstition and religious nonsense. Atheists are clever, sensible people who believe in science, and trust the evidence.

Atheists don’t have blind faith, this is just for silly fundamentalist Christians and creationists.

Or so they would like you to think.

The truth is atheists claim to believe in science, but they actually believe…

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Christian Creationists (Do Not, Actually) Reject Science, but they do Believe in Miracles

So I came across yet another anonymous placard and my knee jerk reaction was to write another point-by-point response to its nonsense.

Except that most points have a similar theme and are, to some extent, true (not all of them). The points on this list, more or less, describe events recorded in the Bible.

This placard is deriding Christians simply for accepting what the Bible says is true, basically.

The reasons this post is ridiculous are a little more general.

Oh by the way here’s the placard:

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5 Powerful Reasons To Believe In The Christian God


“I don’t believe in God, or religion, or any of that stuff because there’s no evidence for it!”

How many times have you heard that one?

Well, that’s about all the introduction that today’s post needs. Here are five powerful pieces of evidence to believe in the Christian God.

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The ‘Thinking Atheists’ Top Ten Creationist Arguments Debunked… Debunked

A while back I published an article 10 signs you’re an unquestioning Christian (Debunked). I thought it was time I did some more house cleaning.

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Apologetics and the Gender Gap: Why Men Hate Going to Church and Why it Matters


When I started this blog, it was not an apologetics blog. Originally it was about Christianity and manhood.

As a new Christian, I noticed something off, but I just couldn’t put my finger on what it was. There was something going on and I knew it had something to with men.

Lots of little things. The way the Bible was presented in any church I’ve been to since I was a child just didn’t… eh. As an adult I’ve noticed that often only one side of the Bible is presented… the nice side.

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My testimony: How atheism saved me and why I care so much about the truth

I was raised in a Christian home. I had the benefit of being raised by a Dad who was passionate about Christ, and about church attendance and creation. My Dad was always showing me interesting stuff from John Mackay the creation guy.

I stopped attending church shortly after high school, spent the first half of my twenties partying, drinking, hooking up, etc.

There are few moments in my life that I know for certain dramatically and instantly changed my life in some really unexpected way.

The first was an ordinary afternoon, catching the train home from the local skatepark.

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Ten Signs You are an Unquestioning Christian (Debunked)

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about Christianity and Creation. Actually there’s a lot of misinformation out there about everything.

I can’t remember how I came across this anonymous placard. I just know that I’ve held onto it for years. I figured that one day if I happen to do something like say, start a blog, I would go through it point by point and explain why it was hogwash.

So that’s what I’ve done.

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