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Atheism is a faith with a set of beliefs

Atheism is a faith with a set of beliefs
Do Atheists KILL in the name of Atheism? Yes, your world views and ideas what you believe determine how you will interact on a moral level with your fellow humans. - Brett Keane

You believe you have no belief's based on your world views? Atheists are so silly it's funny and sad at the same time. - Brett Keane

Atheism is a faith with a set of beliefs

Is atheism really some kind of faith? Yes. Like any other faith it's possible to identify atheism’s central beliefs. Granted there is some variance across atheist believers – like any other religion. And depending on who you talk to, some atheist believers are even fundamentalists who are intolerant to any other worldview, and evangelistic in spreading their own beliefs - again like other religions. Here is what we could say is their basic creed:
  • The universe exists by chance
  • Nothing exists beyond this life – there is no ultimate source of trust in the universe
  • Humans are the ultimate judge of all things – there is no final moral reckoning
  • Any value or purpose of life can be worked out from the wisdom of mankind
  • Everything can be discovered by science
  • There is no purpose or meaning to the universe (And it’s a silly question to ask anyway - see below)
  • Human ideals are progress, tolerance, and individualism
That looks like a belief system to me. But not only that, secular atheism is pretty exclusive in its beliefs.

“If it all happens naturalistically, what's the need for a God?  Can't I set my own rules?  Who owns me?  I own myself.” 
-- Jeffrey Dahmer

Atheism is a faith that claims there is only one kind of truth

The idea that we must answer all questions about our universe and our being by science alone is widespread. There’s even a name for it 'Scientism' – which roughly means that all questions must be answered by scientific method and all truth must be amenable to science. Now science certainly is an excellent tool for understanding our world but it cannot answer a lot of questions we as humans have, like 'Why is there a universe at all?' and 'What is the value of a human being?' Richard Dawkins says these are “silly questions”, which is a cheap shot at saying there’s something wrong with you if you ask them.
Let’s look at another faith – the one that believes in God.
This faith takes on board not just science that emerges empirically from a lab, but allthe evidence. As well as science, this faith takes on board historical evidence for the life of Jesus Christ and the reliability of the Bible (evidence which is a mile high compared with many historical events). This faith considers the facts of an empty tomb and the witness of early disciples who were transformed into starting a worldwide movement called the Church.
There is spiritual, ethical and moral truth, there is experiential truth, truth as allegory and metaphor. More than just scientific truth.
This faith takes seriously the notion that our universe is fine-tuned for life to an almost incomprehensible extent. And this faith takes into account peoples’ experiences over 2,000 years - people who convincingly claim their lives have been changed. This faith understands that there are other kinds of evidence and other kinds of truth besides scientific. There is spiritual, ethical and moral truth, there is experiential truth, truth as allegory and metaphor. There is literature, history, philosophy. More than just science.
Scientism in any case is self-defeating. Saying "it’s not scientific, so ignore it" is itself not scientific. There is no scientific theory that says "all answers must come from science", no experiment that can prove "science must be your only worldview". Surely the way to approach all questions is to say, "I want to find out the truth – even if that that truth lies outside my narrow comfort-zone."

Atheism is a faith that doesn’t add up

John Lennox, Professor and Christian at Oxford, points out something else: if your brain is the result of mindless, unguided processes – why would you even trust it?
To be sure, atheism is a belief system in many ways like any other. Yet when you say that to atheists it touches a raw nerve.
Lennox says: "Atheists like to say that Christianity is a fairy tale for people who are afraid of the dark; I suggest that atheism is a fairy tale for people who are afraid of the light”

I don’t have enough faith to believe that the universe is some kind of gigantic car-crash, a colossal accident that just happened to come about. I don’t have enough faith to believe that there was a big bang followed by an ordered world. It’s a step beyond reason, a leap in the dark. I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist. 
Chris Goswami is an award winning blogger and Associate Minister at Lymm Baptist Church. For more information visit his website 7minutes.net.

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