The Seven Cs of Atheism
By August Berkshire
Atheism is a conservative position. We
accept statements only so far as there is
reason and/or evidence to back them up.
Anything else is speculation. We make no
leaps of faith. If there should someday be a
compelling reason or piece of evidence for a
god, then we would acknowledge it and
change our views.
An atheist possesses clarity in his or her
thinking processes. We are able to identify
those things for which we have evidence
and separate them from other things that are
merely wishful thinking.
An atheist is also consistent. We apply our
skepticism equally to all supernatural claims.
We do not say, All prophets, saviors, or
gods are false except ours. We make no
exceptions or special pleadings.
Another benefit of atheism is that it is
contradiction-free. We dont have to try to
reconcile an all-loving, all-seeing, allpowerful
god with the existence of evil. We
dont have to define love exactly the
opposite of how we normally define it in
order to make it applicable to a god. We
dont have to claim that a poor supernatural
designer is intelligent.
An atheist possesses courage. It is natural
for people to have a healthy survival instinct.
However, some people have such a fear of
death that they feel compelled to believe in
an afterlife to alleviate those fears.
It takes intellectual and emotional courage to
abandon belief in an afterlife because there
is no evidence for it (and compelling
evidence against it). It also takes intellectual
and emotional courage to abandon ones
belief in a cosmic, supernatural protector
and realize that, as far as we know, we are
alone in our universe and must therefore
help each other as best we can.
There are certain consequences that
naturally follow from being an atheist. Since
there are no gods to help us, we must rely
on ourselves and each other. Since there is
no afterlife, it becomes more important to
improve life on Earth.
One of the arguments of Pascals Wager is
that a person loses nothing by believing in a
god. This is not true. Accepting Pascals
Wager means saying that we are willing to
abandon reason and evidence as our guides
to living, and instead make a leap of faith
Its true that by converting (or deconverting)
from theism to atheism a person will lose his
or her sense of divine specialness, cosmic
meaning in life, and any hope of an afterlife.
But you cant lose what you never really
The reality of atheism far outweighs the
dream of religion. There is an excitement
and beauty to perceiving the world as it
really is, and not as an illusion.
© 2008-2010 August Berkshire
After reading this I had a couple of questions for them...All they could do was kind of stumble over their words...maybe I caught them off guard. I was hoping an atheist on here could answer my questions (according to the 7Cs if possible.)
I am not a scientist so I am ignorant in some areas. I have two questions...
1. What is the accepted, scientific, evidence based, theory for the origin of life on Earth?
2. What is the accepted, scientific, evidence based, theory for the origin of the universe? I am not talking about the Big Bang, I accept the Big Bang. I am asking about the cause of the Big Bang. Can someone point me to the accepted scientific theory of how everything came from nothing?
Ok, lets see the clear, evidence base, non-contradictory, faithless answers to my questions.
Edited by HuttonEtAl, 27 March 2012 - 03:19 AM.