9.27.2008

Fun with secularist bigots.

PZ Myers is a Prof somewhere in Minnesota. He is what you might call a secularist bigot. He figures that religion in general and Christianity and Christians in particular are worthy of nothing but derision. He doesn't seem to know the difference between a sneer and an argument.

He has penned this 'Atheist Creed' which shows quite nicely the contradictions inherent in an atheist worldview.

"I believe in time,
matter, and energy,
which make up the whole of the world."

**In other words, the only things that exist are artifacts of the physical universe. Immaterial things do not exist. Immaterial things include things like minds, numbers, letters, the laws of logic, justice, fairness, tolerance. These things are all immaterial and are rendered non-existent by an atheistic worldview.

I believe in reason, evidence and the human mind,
the only tools we have;
they are the product of natural forces
in a majestic but impersonal universe,
grander and richer than we can imagine,
a source of endless opportunities for discovery.

**Pargraphs 1 and 2 are mutually exclusive, and Myers affirms both. How can material causes lead to immaterial effects? If the mind is the result of only natural forces (he means random mutations and natural selection), how can we trust that the mind can accurately detect truth? If minds evolved through natural selection, then the ability of a mind to detect truth is not the reason for its existence. Myers assertion undermines his entire worldview. Material minds cannot be trusted.

I believe in the power of doubt;
I do not seek out reassurances,
but embrace the question,
and strive to challenge my own beliefs.

**Ignorance is bliss?!

I accept human mortality.

**Good for you Doc, how long did it take for you to figure that out?

We have but one life,
brief and full of struggle,
leavened with love and community,
learning and exploration,
beauty and the creation of
new life, new art, and new ideas.

**You forgot to add that suffering, struggle, love, community and learning are all meaningless in a materialistic universe. How nice! And how do we know these things are good or bad without an external standard by which to judge?

I rejoice in this life that I have,
and in the grandeur of a world that preceded me,
and an earth that will abide without me."

**You are right there PZ, the world will continue to turn without you, and in time, your secularist bigotry will be shown for what it is.

- An Atheist's Creed, by PZ Myers

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