God doesnâ€™t exist, so Iâ€™m hoping I can share my thoughts with you insteadâ€¦â€
Oh the folly of man, to take Godâ€™s gift of a mind and use it to deny His existence. To ponder the concept of infinity and stoop himself in chronology, turning his back on the mystical nature of the universe in favor of theories that render themselves obsolete every new round of textbooks.
Iâ€™ve long sat outside of this public debate, choosing instead to address the same debate that is occurring in my own mind. Unfortunately, in the public arena, the people with the largest vocabularies and means of persuasion would lead you to believe that we are living in a Godless universe. This does not surprise me, for in the mind of an atheist, knowledge and humility have long been estranged lovers. The blind conviction with which they spread their message is befuddling; ironically, it rivals even the most uneducated religious zealotâ€™s assertions.
Apparently Albert Einstein agrees, saying â€œThe bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believerâ€. In fact, Einsteinâ€™s got a slew of quotes on atheism that might surprise those that use his theories to support their cause.
The supposed relationship between higher intellect and a more â€œscientificâ€ perspective is merely a reflection of the misguided standards of intelligence that modern society continues to hold. I respond by using a simple metaphor: just because you can build a gun does not mean you understand the implications of using it. If that is a little too cut and dry for you (which again would be ironic), I will simply say that the prioritization of quantitative knowledge has allowed the pursuit of qualitative knowledge to slip through the cracks.
Now with regards to the preferred avenue of pursuit, religion has been attacked voraciously since its inception. Not that itâ€™s difficult to attack religion, itâ€™d be like sifting through a million essays and choosing to respond to the worst paragraph. Iâ€™ll be the first to agree that organized religion is in many ways flawed, but those flaws are merely a reflection of manâ€™s impotence. How can something as awesome, bewildering, and powerful as God be encapsulated in something as inadequate as human language and interpretation?
What I find most amusing is that the same people that denounce othersâ€™ attempts at abstract conclusions will use the same flawed system to argue their side. A written language that could not capture the nature of the universe in its â€œstoriesâ€ is all of a sudden omniscient in its assertions of a Big Bang world. On a related note, the Big Bang Theory is derived from the need to think chronologically, but I have yet to find someone who could tell me what happened a second before the Big Bang. Furthermore, I am having trouble finding a person who can explain to me that the Law of Conservation of Matter and the Big Bang Theory are compatible. Or for that matter (no pun intended), how mathematicians can use infinity in their formulas and deny the possible infinite nature of time and space? (In defense of mathematicians, high math has little to do with numbers and often borders on philosophy, which in my opinion is not a coincidence). All of a sudden the columns of science that atheists lean against get a little shaky.
Finally, I must question the atheistsâ€™ need to share their message. I suppose it would be quite lonely to deny a collective consciousness, and attempts at communication could possibly whole the hole left in oneâ€™s spirit (Spirit? What spirit?). Even the famous Albert Camus put a few chinks in his own Existentialism when his protagonist sought refuge from the stars before he was to be executed.
If all else fails, I could default back to this: the only thing more difficult than proving the existence of God is disproving it. Rather than default though--and I am sure to receive some backlash for this--I would prefer to ask this question to any atheist journalists out there: If God doesnâ€™t exist, then why are you writing?
WORLD - AN EDGE IN MY VOICE
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The Lonely Atheist
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