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Lucretius — Part II — The Foundation of Atheist Science

Part II – The Foundation of Atheist Science

 

In part I we examined Lucretius’ solution to the problem of death.  His response resembled the typical answer given by atheists, that is, if you don’t understand or don’t like any part of reality, just shout it out, loud and long, “I don’t believe in that part of reality.”  Your shouts will make that part of reality go away—at least, that seems to be what atheists believe.

Why do atheists work so hard to distort reality?  Because if you believe in God, you have to follow all sorts of rules.  Gods almost always produce a set of moral rules and values.  With these come such dreaded concepts as sin and guilt and eternal accountability.  Belief in God really gets in the way of a libertine’s lifestyle.

However, there is a way to get around the problem of God.  Does belief in God keep you from living the sin-filled life you crave?  Look up into the heavens and say, “I don’t believe God exists.”  If fear of death causes you angst, boldly shout, “Life ends at the moment of death.  There is no afterlife.  Death is the end.”  But remember, protests against reality have no effect on reality.  Nor does disbelief.

 

Not an atom or a primal germ

Many of the beliefs of atheism are not supported by facts or evidence.  Atheists deny the existence of God, an afterlife, and a soul.  They have no authority to make such announcements.  If they don’t know the truth, how can they discern what’s true?  They claim they are guided by science but science cannot address metaphysics.
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Lucretius — Part I — The Fear of Death

Part I – The Fear of Death

Death awaits us all.
Need we fear death?

On my office bookshelf, I have a 54-volume set of the Great Books of the Western World. Most of these books now are available on the internet. But in the days before the internet this set of books was a valuable resource to have on hand.

It’s easy to see why some of the authors were included. Books by Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, and Milton certainly belong in the set. But I often wondered about the inclusion of other authors. For example, why have a book by this Lucretius fellow? Who in the world was he? What is the importance of his little book On the Nature of Things?

These questions displayed my ignorance at the time. This obscure, almost forgotten author from the late Roman Republic wrote a book that is transforming our world. His book On the Nature of Things was the inspiration for much of the Renaissance and Enlightenment as well as the liberal establishment today. But first his book was lost for more than a thousand years.

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Atheist Beliefs — Part III

Atheist Beliefs

Part III – Scientific Racism

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

This discussion of atheist beliefs is divided into three sections. The first section examined ancient atheist beliefs. Lucretius produced the most complete statement of this system of belief during the first century B.C. in his book On the Nature of Things. The second section concerns the growth of atheism and the application of atheist doctrine to new areas such as science and business. This third section discusses one of the ugliest developments of atheism—scientific racism.
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Atheist Beliefs — Part II

Atheist Beliefs

Part II – Modern Applications

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

This discussion of atheist beliefs is divided into three sections. The first section examined ancient atheist beliefs. Lucretius produced the most complete statement of this system of belief during the first century B.C. in his book On the Nature of Things. This second section concerns the growth of atheism and the application of atheist doctrine to new areas such as science and business. The third section discusses one of the ugliest developments of atheism—scientific racism.

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