Thursday Night Open

Bill K.4/02/2009 9:27:35 pm PDT
Atheists: evil monsters, or immoral monsters?

Ah, the dilemma of the false alternatives, i.e. have you stopped beating your wife yet?

This is rational atheism:

Every argument for God and every attribute ascribed to Him rests on a false metaphysical premise. None can survive for a moment on a correct metaphysics … .

Existence exists, and only existence exists. Existence is a primary: it is uncreated, indestructible, eternal. So if you are to postulate something beyond existence—some supernatural realm—you must do it by openly denying reason, dispensing with definitions, proofs, arguments, and saying flatly, “To Hell with argument, I have faith.” That, of course, is a willful rejection of reason.

Objectivism advocates reason as man’s sole means of knowledge, and therefore, for the reasons I have already given, it is atheist. It denies any supernatural dimension presented as a contradiction of nature, of existence. This applies not only to God, but also to every variant of the supernatural ever advocated or to be advocated. In other words, we accept reality, and that’s all.

Leonard Peikoff, “The Philosophy of Objectivism”

Now doesn’t rational atheism make dispensing with the creationist’s arguments so much more simple?