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Atheist Beliefs — Part I

Atheist Beliefs

Part I – Ancient Beliefs

Atheism is a belief system.  Atheists don’t like to admit it but it is.  They want us to believe atheism is physically rational, based on scientific facts, not beliefs.  However, the basic tents of atheism are unproven and cannot be proven.

But in spite of their protests, the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on August 19, 2005, in the case of Kaufman v. McCaughtry, defined atheism as a religion.  In its opinion, the Court stated the following:

Without venturing too far into the realm of the philosophical, we have suggested in the past that when a person sincerely holds beliefs dealing with issues of “ultimate concern” that for her occupy a “place parallel to that filled by God in traditionally religious persons,” those beliefs represent her religion.  . . . We have already indicated that atheism may be considered, in this specialized sense, a religion.  If we think of religion as taking a position on divinity, then atheism is indeed a form of religion.

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The Pursuit of Pleasure

What is your life’s greatest or highest good?  I’m talking about that one “good” thing—idea, concept, phrase, person—around which you organize your entire life.  What is it?

For some people the greatest good is God.  The first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks “What is the chief end of man?”  The answer is:  “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”   Christians with God’s glory as their greatest good live their lives following Jesus Christ, obeying Him, and staying close to Him.

Others may believe honesty is the greatest good.  One must never tell a lie.  Still others may choose family or country.  These are all worthy pursuits.  They have a positive effect on others and help build community.

Epicurus

Epicurus

Some people’s greatest good may have either a positive or negative effect depending on the person.  For example, money and wealth are the greatest good for some people.  A person’s love of money may cause him to build a corporation and create jobs for many people.  But love of money may lead to the greed that hurts others and destroys lives. Read more