3) Atheism can’t win because it offers no eternal hope. It offers no hope to live forever in a blissful heaven with a loving all-powerful eternal God, which ultimately means that our life has no eternal significance. It offers no hope to ever see dead loved ones. It offers no hope that there is some supernatural being outside this world who can help us when we’re in need as we pray. When I see that picture of Jesus welcoming a pilgrim into heaven I know atheism cannot compete since there is nothing we can offer to replace that wishful hope.
The issue here is that Loftus is forgetting much of the world’s religions and history of such things. As a matter of fact, Liberal Christians may not even believe in the after-life today. Not counting the earth religions or other non-after-life religions, early Judaism was real foggy to black on the issue of the after-life. I have to wonder if John has ever read Ecclesiastes?
The argument against believers and religion doesn’t fail because religion offers an escape-clause; it fails for so many other reasons.
- Introducing Foxhole Atheism (mojoey.blogspot.com)
- Comment: Atheism & Secular Religions (alexblog.com)
- Is Atheism a Big Deal? (friendlyatheist.com)
- Atheism Isn’t a Big Deal (godlessgirl.com)
- Victor Reppert and John Loftus’ Outsider Test for Faith (arizonaatheist.blogspot.com)