Atheism: Seven Most Common Misconceptions

Q1. If there’s no God, who created the universe?

The question is not “who”, but “what”. By using the word “who”, you have already assumed that whatever created the universe was/is a living being. There is no scientific evidence for the existence of a divine creator. There has never been any proof, nor is it likely that we shall attain any in the future.

As for the question of how the universe came into being, physicists are currently working on some promising leads. There are no definitive answers yet, but that does not mean that we can fill in the gap in our knowledge with unproven ideas, like the God hypothesis. These gaps must be filled with evidence-backed information, or left empty till such information is acquired.

Q2. How could such a complex universe have come into being without an intelligent designer? Isn’t this complexity evidence for God?

Also known as the fine-tuning argument. If you look at the world around you with its magnificent complexity and imagine that all of it came into being instantaneously, then “yes”, such complexity would require a planner. However, the intricate universe that we see today is the product of nearly 14 billion years of physical, chemical and biological processes. These processes have been guided by the four physical forces without which the universe, as we know it, would’ve been entirely chaotic. These forces are the only “gods” that we know of, and the only “gods” that we need. Their existence makes God obsolete, if not prove his non-existence.

Also, if one argues that the universe is too complex to have come into being on its own, then by the same logic, God is even more complex than the universe hence even more improbable for him to exist on his own accord!

Q3. Can you disprove God?

Also known as argumentum ad ignorantiam, which is a known logical fallacy. Can you disprove it if I claim that there is an invisible monkey hovering about your head, which cannot be detected by any human means? No? So the logical step is to quietly accept this absurd hypothesis to be true? The onus of proof lies on the one presenting the hypothesis in response to a certain conundrum. If you claim that the universe was created by God, then it is you who must procure the evidence for it. One cannot disprove what has not been proven yet! As Christopher Hitchens once said, “What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence”

Q4. Your life has no meaning!

 

Atheists too have goals in life, except that we make our own. We can give our life any purpose we want: raise a nice, big family; career; travel the world; humanitarian service…it’s for us to decide!

Q5. Atheism is immoral because there’s nothing to prevent you from doing bad stuff!

If that is true, how do we explain the existence of atheist philanthropists who have done more for mankind than most theists would do in several lifetimes? Why is Sweden, a country with 85% of its people atheists, a prosperous welfare state and the fourth most honest country in the world? Why is the proportion of atheists in jails much lower than their proportion in the country? If Atheists have no reason to be moral, why isn’t each one of them out robbing banks and killing people? Morality comes from within us, from a place called, “conscience”. It is not the wholly owned subsidiary of religion.

Q6. Evolution is your religion!

This idea is both laughable and lamentable at the same time. Evolution through natural selection is a well established scientific theory, accepted almost unanimously by scientists all around the globe. Many religious people, including Muslims and Christians, believe in evolution as well.

Q7. The notorious mass murderer X was an Atheist!

 

This argument is most commonly used for Hitler (who was, in fact, Catholic) and Stalin. Stalin was an Atheist, but he did not commit those crimes against humanity “in the name of atheism”. His reasons related solely to his own greed for money and political power. There is a difference between doing something because of Atheism, and doing something while being an Atheist.

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    • Sara Q
    • August 26th, 2010

    Agreed on all counts. I read The God Delusion recently and it was a revelation (I know, I know, I’m using the same term most religiously motivated individuals use to describe their ‘sky daddy”s words!). To me, this argument about religion being the only barrier between virtue and EVIL!!1 is the most flawed fallacy. It’s akin to basically admitting that we’re all useless, irredeemable, immoral bastards whose only hope for a ‘good’ life lies in the hall monitor’s stern, repeated admonishments, coupled with a threat (fire, scorpions, floods: take your pick) being brandished at intervals. It implies that we can’t possibly be good unless we’re scared that being bad will fry us at some point.

    I know there’s a lot of truth to it. Morality is relative, it’s erratic and arbitary, and it can and does fail. People are flawed and complex and they do a lot of bad stuff. Fair enough. The point is, if we subscribe to what is right primarily out of self interest and fear, there really isn’t much to be proud of, sadly. When you help someone out for no gain of your own, other than that transient warm feeling within, it counts for more sincerety and selflessness.

    I think we as human beings have enough conflict and prejudice between us (stemming from history, outward differences like race and ethnicity, as well as our natural instinct to compete and fight and take) without adding another reason to hate and kill. That’s what religion does, has always done. Whether you look at the Catholic Church and the Inquisition and the Crusades, or the modern day rabid Evangelicals, or even the Taliban around us… it’s about fear and hatred and bigotry at its core.

    • Daddy
    • November 26th, 2010

    I just discovered your page.
    I started laughing when i was on point 4,thats the dumbest thing i have ever heard in my life.
    And you are just talking non-sense and without a sound proof and knowledge in your last point.

    • loneliberalpk
    • November 26th, 2010

    That video of Zakir Naik is as ludicrous and nonsensical as one would expect from that loon televangelist.

    He didn’t answer the question. He just called it “illogical” and brushed it aside…as he always does, even though it clearly isn’t. If religious people keep claiming that everything requires a creator, then it’s perfectly reasonable to question who created God.

    If you believe that nothing created God, then by the same logic, “nothing” could have created the universe too.

    I sincerely hope you posted that as sheer sarcasm.

    • loneliberalpk
    • November 26th, 2010

    Thank you for reading this post, though. Next time, I only hope that you talk to me directly instead of quoting me random links that appear to favor your perspective.

    Quite often I find people giving me links to Islamic videos and articles that they themselves don’t understand.

    • loneliberalpk
    • December 10th, 2010

    You didn’t answer the question. You just dismissed it because you don’t know the answer.

    Your example of pieces of watch joining together on their own is a laughable one which indicates that you have no idea how evolution through natural selection or Heisenberg’s Uncertainity Principle works.

    According to science (and common sense), everything starts from it’s tiniest form, slowly building up in size and complexity. The universe didn’t begin as scattered pieces of jigsaw puzzle that were put together by a higher mind…it began from scratch with simple particles forming molecules, and then more complex molecules.

    This process, as far as we know, is driven entirely by the four forces of physics: gravity, electromagnetism, strong and weak nuclear forces. At the moment, there’s no reason to suggest that God exists, and assumption of God’s existence would only complicate things needlessly, because someone would then have to explain how God Himself came into being.

    If you say God created Himself, then you admit that things really can come out of nothing by themselves. If you say God has always been there, then what has He been doing for the trillions of trillions of years before the Big Bang? Floating around in space purposelessly?

  1. Dont worry if there is God he would be wise enough to understand why Atheist dont believe in God, because they dont see him, no one has. Do you believe in objects and entities that no one has seen and for which there is no proof – do you believe in Aliens and UFO’s ? or in Ether (assuming you are lil familiar with Science)

    • Sonya
    • August 25th, 2011

    I would like you to answer my question and make me feel satisfied with your answer.

    Your fourth point.
    4. Your life has no meaning!

    I will go around my neighbourhood at the night time, kill a few (just for fun), take out all valuables and then go buy a lofty car, get a house in the most luxurious palce in the city, invite in some friends and have party and improve my life style.

    After all, it’s my life and I chose to use my brilliance to make it better than anyone else’s.

    Next day how come the police come knocking my door, arrest me and even charge me for murder.. I was just giving a meaning to my life?????

    • loneliberalpk
    • August 31st, 2011

    Sonya,

    There’s a very simple answer to that:
    Your freedom ends where my nose begins.

    You may do whatever you want with your life as long as you’re not impinging upon the right of others to do the same with theirs. And killing me or stealing my valuables counts as a violation of my basic rights so..

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