Retarded arguments against atheism #1
There are a number of retarded arguments against atheism. The one I want to talk about today is, sadly, one of the most frequently encounated and most retarded.
These take the form:
“Atheism leads to X”
Where X is some undesirable thing. A quick google search for “atheism leads to” turns up 7400 hits or so. Among those hits are these actual examples:
- Atheism leads to cruelty and injustice
- Atheism leads to Hopelessness and Despair
- Atheism leads to communism
- Atheism leads to ‘The Greatest Forms Of Cruelty And Violations of Justice’ (according to the Pope)
- Atheism leads to Moral Relativism
- Atheism leads to immorality
- Atheism leads to nihilism
- Atheism leads to moral subjectivism
- Atheism leads to a pessimistic view of the universe
- Atheism leads to moral depravity
- Atheism leads to moral evil
- Atheism leads to totalitarianism
- Atheism leads to degeneracy
- Atheism leads to a lack of morality, meaning, or purpose to life
- Atheism leads to suppression of all
Well, damn! That atheism is some real bad shit then, I guess, eh? One is tempted to add diarrhea, cold sores, prevarication, and dry skin to the list of things to which atheism leads.
So, what’s wrong with the above list? I’m not even going to attempt to argue that atheism doesn’t lead to these things, (though I’m pretty sure it doesn’t lead to dry skin,) because they are all irrelevant.
Lets suppose atheism did lead to some or all of these things, for the sake of argument. What bearing would this have on whether atheism were true or not?
Zero. That’s because every one of these things is an appeal to consequences, which is a logical fallacy. Every one of these statements is an argument of the form: If X is true then Y happens. I don’t like Y. Therefore I can’t believe X.
If “it’s raining outside” is true then “I will get wet if I go outside.” I don’t like “getting wet if I go outside”. Therefore I can’t believe “it’s raining outside.”
If “I’m allergic to peanuts” is true then “I will get sick if I eat that peanut.” I don’t like getting “sick from eating that peanut”. Therefore I can’t believe “I’m allergic to peanuts.”
See how retarded it is?
It is amazing that otherwise mostly sensible people use these kinds of arguments as often as they do.