Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Atheist Delusion.

       Richard Dawkins wrote a book  under the title “The God Delusion.”  The book  is a sort of  atheistic manifesto. From the very beginning, the author  attacks  the  God of the Bible, he uses very forceful   words:  God is  a capricious tyrant , vicious and revengeful,  blood thirsty , false  figment of the human mind .For Dawkins  religion is the source of all  evils in human history, provoking persecutions , religious wars hatred and  irrationality  in human life.  Religion as a prejudice should be a eradicated as soon as possible,  and in his view,  science will replace  religious obscurantism. By science  Dawkins means primarily  evolution  of the whole cosmos and also  of  all forms of life  which produce also human beings. The only reality  one must assume is matter in movement  and nothing else everything  is explained by  matter in the processes of evolution. One must ask where  is the source  of such  views. The first thing to notice is  that  according to Dawkins science is making believing in God   completely obsolete and an obstacle to  enlightened  and free atheistic mode  of living. This conviction ultimately is based  on naturalism and materialism. Nothing immaterial or spiritual  has a right to exist.
             Actually  it is simply false  to believe  that contemporary science  is  hostile to religion.
1.   The evidence from cosmology:  the big bang  accepted by all physicists  spells the origin of the universe , therefore  the cosmos is not eternal . Time and space all begin in the big blast of the beginning . Gradually  the universe developed  life, consciousness, self- awareness, intellect, all  characteristics  of human beings. 
2.   The evidence from physics: the cosmos  has been discovered as  precisely tuned for the future appearance of life and finally humans.  Even  the smallest changes in the balance of cosmic forces would make  appearance of life  and of course man absolutely impossible . Did the world know that we are coming ?
3.   The evidence from astronomy:  the privileged planet. Practically  innumerable  conditions  conspired   to  the production of our globe and it’s adaptation to the development  of life,  consciousness , knowledge , science  etc.
4.    The  evidence  from biochemistry : the complex molecular machine, a living organism.
5.   The evidence  from biological  information, DNA , RNA , the double helix and the origin of life.
6.   The evidence from consciousness: the mystery of the human mind .
7.   None of those points above , although scientifically verifiable, can be explained as  reasons for  modern atheism. Therefore the claim  that science  replaces  religious belief  is false. That means  a pure false  statement without  any reasonable justification. Science as such  is not only not inimical  to religion  but really  does not  make any  valid statement against religion, but, if it follows it’s own scientific methods it has nothing to say about the question of God’s existence. Why? Because  the object  of scientific inquiry is  the natural universe and it’s  orderly laws. Therefore an honest scientific position to the question of  religion is neutral. 
The position of atheism  is  based on false  understanding of the ability  and powers of the human mind  which is capable of philosophic  proves  for God’s existence. It  develops  in the philosophy of being , the arguments  from the First Cause, the Unmoved Mover , the Cosmic Intelligence and  the creator  of finite and limited beings .Creation  here means  giving existence  to entities which by themselves have no existence . They are  called into being, by the infinite power of the Omnipotent Creator.
    Atheism is based on the narrowly understood  theory of biological evolution necessarily distorts  the understanding of the nature of man. What is really man for an atheist?
(a) an accidental  conglomerate  of subatomic particles with a name ?
(b) A bundle of perceptions only (David Hume?)
(c) Is man a sophisticated computer ?
(d) Is man a product  of  chaotic forces of nature?
None of the above can be justified  and therefore atheism abolishes completely  the human being as human reducing him/her to  a speck of  self-aware dust of matter. Man therefore is reduced  to a thing  and he/she is no more a person.  Only humans  use their minds  to become  scientists, philosophers, teachers etc. Only humans  distinguish between heroes and villains. Only human beings distinguish those who have mental health and those who suffer mental disease or other disabilities. Only  within human societies do  we find  schools and libraries, hospitals and churches, prisons and cemeteries etc. Most importantly the human   drive to know  extends towards God,  towards  the Absolute.
          Atheism therefore does not acknowledge  the real nature of man at all. A man is obviously a person   and different from other forms of life  because he/she  has a spiritual center the  self,  which cannot be  reduced only to changes of matter. Self- awareness  , self-hood  and the knowledge of it’s own self-hood  characterizes man. Humans have  awareness  of  moral good and evil  and are  responsible in their  conscious acts  of choice between the two  for their moral growth or  decline. Human beings are  seekers for truth , and meaning of life and  their destiny  for eternity.  
If moral values  are  deprived  of any Divine authority  then they are man made , that is,  the very concept of good and evil , is replaced by words like progressive, creative, useful and such . Then  people  who are in some way considered  undesirable , of  different race , older people  can be considered  useless  by those who are in power  at the time. In such situation  the  dark side of human nature  and the sadistic side are free to develop and become  fashionable ideologies .  Atheism therefore  is convenient for all kind of persecutions,  and even  elimination of innocent people by the millions.  Atheism  cancels any  deeper meaning of human existence and therefore  leads to  despair as it is visible  in the writings of such existential thinkers like Jean Paul Sartre, Frederick Nietzsche, Albert Camus  and many others of the same bend of mind. The non-existence of God is simply  asserted by atheists, but by no means  in any  logical sense  proven. That is why  atheism is a delusion. Any questions, contact me at
Suggested Readings:

Adler, Mortimer, The Difference of Man and Difference  It Makes. (New York: Fordham University, 1993) or any edition
Gilson, Etienne, The Christian Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. (Indiana: University of Notre Dames Press , 1956) or any edition

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