Is Atheism A Delusion?

Although science isn’t my field and my knowledge of such an area is limited, I wanted to share this fantastic and well-researched video by YouTuber and apologist Inspiring Philosophy. I hope this can break the attack of delusion and open the door to intelligent discussion among both believers and non-believers.

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10 thoughts on “Is Atheism A Delusion?

    1. That’s right. My field is history and Scriptural interpretation. Since there are many apologists arguing for science already I don’t feel the need to repeat what has already been said by many others.

  1. ​There can be no evidence for God; a being which transcends reality, that which evidence is.

    There can be no evidence for God; a being which is imminent in reality, ordinary and indistinguishable from it.

    There are no absolutes aside from logical absolutes, which are all trivial; axioms, tautology, truism. All else are propositions which are labeled true, not via any means of assurity in knowing, but through warrant and justification; deliberation.

    Logic doesn’t entail truth in itself. Its predicate is reasonableness and it isn’t something about logic itself that leads us to accept any premise, relations of premises, flow of premises to conclusions. Logic also doesn’t prove anything in reality. It represents how people think, not how reality is.

    Sound arguments for and against the existence of God are easily had. Given their acceptance is not based on evidence, not based on logic, there is only a basis of abduction. In other words, what makes the most sense to say, given one’s experiences and impressions of the world.

    So, God and any debates about God, are merely, in all cases, assertions that “my impression is better than yours”.

    A Theist and an Atheist are best made distinct from one another by the single fact that one has an impression the other lacks.

    At the end of the pursuit of folks debating, there isn’t some truth discovered. What is owned is that God is a metaphysical proposition, and then by definition, neither true nor false (though there is a case after all, if one is not an Ignostic), but instead, only an idea that is meaningful or meaningless, worth something or worthless.

    What matters, and the only thing that can, about these senseless debates is that one leaves them having said something worth hearing.

    Sadly, few times is this ever the case.

    1. Yeah man, I’m not one for debating whether God exists or not, that’s a decision the individual has to make themselves, and you summed that up quite nicely. All I can do is show that the Christian life is reasonable.

      Your last paragraph is one of the reasons I chose the path of Biblical scholarship and theology rather than science. There I can not only produce objective facts based on history, I can also say things that are worthwhile to the hearers. That’s what my blog has been about from the start. Challenging and encouraging people and making them see things in different ways.

      I shared this video because I believe it will challenge atheists to love and understand where the opposite side is coming from instead of labelling them mentally ill from the start. Thankfully I feel this brand of New Atheism is dying down as a group, but there will always be survivors.

      1. in more than ten years of apologetics, i have yet to have an atheist tell me i’m not the usual christian. the thing about that is that all i’m expressing in general is natural theology from the thirteenth century and rather than demanding what i’m saying is epistemically true, i leave my comments for them to see how what i’m saying matters even if there is no god; meaning that we take god-talk as a narrative way to talk about humanity.

        seriously though, this post enlightenment, mistaken translation of pistis as faith ala belief rather than persuation, draw to the good, in its extreme is sola fide.

        in that extreme and even in the more benign forms, we have the idea there’s a transaction that must occur and our purchase cannot be made by meritorious action but by belief. in such a case, we can put it into form: “to be saved, one must x”. it happens that even for sola fide, “x” is belief and an action.

        from this, we can’t say salvation is from belief.

        from epistemology and psychology, belief is action. and theologically, we must act, but we can’t say we’re in a transaction. simply taken in scripture, digestion is through grace and faith. grace is god’s active presence in the world. faith is the draw to the good. god is goodness. so, every person who participles in the good is experiencing atonement. the transformation from that encounter is salvation.

        christ is a man through whom, at least for the christian, we see the fullness of humanity and what god is like.

        1. Hahaha, that’s no problem, I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself, some much worse lol.

          I’m with you on that previous comment, though. Our beliefs shape who we are and how we live. For us, that means living out the will of God by loving our enemies and obeying His laws.

  2. It’s like he says at the end of the video, that the video doesn’t prove God exists. I don’t think the video really accomplishes much, really, aside from showing some angry jerk (who is a poor depiction of atheists) and refuting a misconception about atheist thought. I would also hypothesize, though it’s just an idea, that these psychological studies are related to the fear created by religious instillation of young people (particularly in America.) As an atheist, yes it would be pretty scary if my parents were right about this all of this stuff, but logically I’m just about sure they’re not. The studies he cites are neat, but not surprising and pretty insubstantial. Of course people believe in these gods at a young age; but is it normal to believe in Zeus? What about Ra? Yahweh? I’m probably derailing from the message of the video, but I suppose I just think he wasn’t refuting anything substantial.

    Also, I think the video straw mans the typical atheist perspective. Nobody is angry at God, at least most atheists wouldn’t say so. I think a lot of atheists see a lot of harm in religion and may arrive at anger on this basis, more upset with what belief in God entails than the actual being himself. It’s also not like I believe that religion is “created in the mind.” It’s continued through generations by widespread conversion and indoctrination. It seems the speaker has a view of the angry immoral atheist denying his natural call to follow X god(s), when this just isn’t the case.

    Anyway, no disrespect, just some thoughts.

    1. Hey Travis, thanks for the comment, man.

      This video definitely isn’t a substantial argument for the existence of God, which the speaker rightly pointed out. You’d be correct in your statement that it really only disrupts a common attack and that was my one purpose in sharing it.

      “I would also hypothesize, though it’s just an idea, that these psychological studies are related to the fear created by religious instillation of young people.”

      I can certainly see this as the case, although maybe a little harder to see in really young children. Still, instilling religious fear is a problem that needs to be dealt with. You’re more than welcome to check out some of my writings on this issue, especially the ones about Hell and manipulation. I think we would agree on the value of free thinking rather than indoctrination.

      “Nobody is angry at God, at least most atheists wouldn’t say so. I think a lot of atheists see a lot of harm in religion and may arrive at anger on this basis, more upset with what belief in God entails than the actual being himself.”

      That’s the one thing that kinda irked me with the video itself as I pretty much agree with you here. Although I wouldn’t deny some may be angry at God, it’s mostly a case of Christian fundamentalism and spread misconceptions that have caused the anger amongst atheists. And I can’t blame them, heck, check out my writings on theology, I’m pretty angry myself at the corrupt nature we’re turned Christianity into.

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