Well here we go again. Another Christian website has come out with an oh-so-scary list of 10 Question For Every Atheist. The list is actually ripped off from an atheist blogger, which wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that he DID answer them in his article. They didn’t mention that, but only linked his original article at the bottom of their post. I almost didn’t see it.
Ironically, the list as presented on todaychristian.net is preceded by “Some Questions Atheist Cannot Truly and Honestly REALLY Answer! Which leads to some interesting conclusions…” The key word here is “honestly”. Unfortunately they have demonstrated that they have little interest in honesty.
But off we go with their questions.
1. How Did You Become an Atheist?
Finally understood the burden of proof, and realized no religion has any proof.
2. What happens when we die?
We go back to what we were before we were alive: nothing.
3. What if you’re wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!
Oh look, Pascal’s Wager. Never heard this one before.
I’m guessing I probably won’t have much say at that point. Due the question being asked by Christians, I’m guessing they are assuming their version of the afterlife according to the Bible is the right one. In that case it seems that I’ll be unfairly judged as to whether or not I was gullible enough to buy into nonsense that has no evidence.
A question in return though: what if you die and it turns out out the Muslims were right, or the Jews, or the Hindus, or another of the thousands upon thousands of religions?
There are numerous other reasons why Pascal’s Wager fails, but I think that’s enough for now.
4. Without God, where do you get your morality from?
The same place we all get it from: the evolution of our species into a social group that is better adapted to survival by cooperation, based on an understanding of the nature of reality, that our actions effect others, and a sense of empathy. All of this is a result of evolution.
5. If there is no God, can we do what we want? Are we free to murder and rape? While good deeds are unrewarded?
No, and if you need a god to tell you that, you’re broken. See explanation in #4. You’re less likely to want to cooperate with somebody if you think they’re likely to kill or rape you, which means they’re less well adapted to survive and pass on their genes.
6. If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning?
It has whatever meaning I choose to give it, which is far better than an arbitrarily assigned meaning.
7. Where did the universe come from?
8. What about miracles? What all the people who claim to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have seen saints or angels?
What miracles? Name one that can be objectively verified. How do you even define a miracle?
9. What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?
Great people with great ideas, from whom I’ve learned a lot. I agree with most of their ideas but not 100%.
10. If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?
While most societies do have some sort of religion, not all do or have. Religions seem to originate in order to explain things we don’t understand or cope with things that are scary.
Now, the questions that they’ve ripped off from an atheist blogger have been answered YET AGAIN, and are being answered by atheists all over Facebook now. I get that they don’t LIKE the answers, but the questions have been answered ad nauseam, despite the claim that they can’t be. I wonder if they’ll stop using the questions now?