Friday, January 9, 2015

Dr. CHE Sadaphal — Why Atheism Fails

Why atheism fails becomes evident for one overwhelming reason: it crumbles under the burden of proof.

"An immediate objection to this statement is that because theism is belief in something and atheism is disbelief, non-belief, or a lack of belief, the burden of proof rests exclusively on the believer who makes a positive assertion. Other than being intellectually lazy, dishonest, and dismissive of self-scrutiny, non-belief in God remains an active choice—belief in non-belief. (In fact, if non-belief were the reasonable starting point, then all adults should begin not believing in climate change and demand to be convinced otherwise by compelling evidence). So, an adamant atheist who quickly says, “I don’t believe and that’s my non-choice” is the same as an ignorant believer who says, “I do believe and that’s my choice.” Both are walking through life with blinders on."
He continues his commentary:

"Socrates once said that the unexamined life is not worth living. In the same line of thought, the late theologian Helmut Thielicke compared the human experience to a good play. As discerning audience members, we ask questions about the play’s writer, the actors, the good guys, the bad guys, and what the plot “really means.” With the answers to these fundamental questions, anyone is better equipped to approach the play in a more meaningful way and make sense of the drama that unfolds onstage. If these questions are not considered, then the actors merely rehearse their dialogue as a cyclical and pointless exercise of regurgitation where they state their lines, play their roles, and are limited to the boundaries of the script. When the play is over, there is nothing. Hence, both men fully grasped the paramount importance of taking time to contemplate the complexities, intricacies, and meaning of our very existence and how that invariably adds value to our lives."