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Christian apologist explains why atheism is a religion

reaching out blindfoldedSeveral months ago, Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis asserted correctly that atheism is really a religion in an article he wrote at the ministry’s website. It drew the ire of many an atheist who flooded their email system with responses and comments. So to address many of the atheists’ arguments, Tim Chaffey of Answers in Genesis wrote a feedback article about 10 days ago explaining in more detail why atheism is a religion. Many good points were made to respond to the atheists. I will highlight three of them.

Atheist assertion #1: An atheist disputed that atheism is a religion since it does not meet one of the definitions for religion in the dictionary. That definition says “the service and worship of God or the supernatural.”

AiG’s response: Tim Chaffey pointed out that this definition was not the only one for “religion” and went on to highlight the 4th definition found in Merriam-Webster’s, which is “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.” Chaffey then explains, ‘Using this definition, many atheists would certainly be categorized as religious, particularly the so-called “New Atheists” like Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher. It would be better to consider them anti-theists (“against God”) or misotheists (“haters of God”). These men and others like them spend much of their time railing against the Creator they say doesn’t even exist. Strangely enough, these misotheists seem to be more obsessed with God than most Christians.’

Atheist assertion #2: Religious people base their beliefs on blind faith while atheiststs don’t have a “certain set of beliefs based on blind faith.”

AiG’s response: “Chief among these elements of blind faith is your belief that God does not exist. Since you could never prove the nonexistence of God without possessing all knowledge (in which case you would be God), this is a tenet of your system that is held by blind faith.”

Atheist assertion #3: It’s ridiculous to say atheists justify their beliefs using blind faith because atheism is based on logic.

AiG’s response: “…If atheism were true, rational thought would not and could not exist, for the atheist’s thoughts would just be the result of time and chance and the laws of nature. Therefore, our minds would just be rearranged atoms, no more rational than pond scum. Atheism is rooted in philosophical naturalism—matter is all that exists. Yet laws of logic, such as the law of identity and the law of non-contradiction, are immaterial. So atheism cannot provide the rational foundation for logic. Instead, atheism must steal from a theistic worldview to even use logic. Only if there is a rational Creator is there a basis for the laws of logic. Thus, an atheist’s attempt to prove atheism using logic is self-defeating.”

Read more of Tim Chaffey’s excellent responses to atheist arguments at: Feedback: Is Atheism a Religion?, AnswersinGenesis.org, July 25, 2015.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient Romans 1:28

Harry A. Gaylord

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