I clicked a link on a blog I follow yesterday and found this post. A couple of thoughts.
First, this post is from a set of blogs entitled Freethought Blogs. But it looks like all the blogs are atheist. So it doesn’t look like the team encourages genuine free thought. Happy to be proved wrong, didn’t really look around that much, just seemed at first glance to be a bit like false advertising.
Secondly, how angry is this guy? His conclusion about death is literally: I hate death, and I hate life. There is no hope, and I hate anyone who says there is. Hate hate hate.
Now, perhaps I’m being silly, but looking at Christianity and atheism it doesn’t strike me that there’s any contest:
Christianity gives you a certainty that God’s good and in complete control over life, death and everything else. Christianity, at an over-simplistic level, makes you permanently happy.
Atheism gives you a certainty that you’re worthless and your actions are insignificant. Atheism means that bad things aren’t actually bad because there’s no such thing as objective ‘good’, so it brings depression, hopelessness, and hatred (as our friend demonstrates so well and so willingly).
Logically speaking, if atheism is true, then nothing we do, say or believe matters. So atheists: stop being so angry! Enjoy the limited life you have – at least on that point I agree with the words Richard Dawkins sponsored (although let’s be honest he’s not the best advocate for a happy person)!
And, logically speaking, if Christianity is true then not only does it make you happy, it will make you happy for the rest of eternity!
C.S. Lewis was logically correct when he said that if Christianity’s true it’s of utmost importance, and if it’s not, it’s of no importance whatsoever. It strikes me as hypocritical, therefore, when atheists like the guy I linked to get so worked up about something they think is a fairy story. It’s like losing your temper at a child because they’re trying to work out where Father Christmas lives - you personally might not think Santa exists (unbeliever!) but it doesn’t matter because it’s making them happy. And if this life is all there is, let’s get as happy as possible, right?
But thank goodness I get to be happy for eternity!