Atheism’s Dirty Little Secret


     A number of years ago I read a fascinating book by R. C. Sproul titled If There is a God, Why are there Atheists?: A Surprising Look at the Psychology of Atheism.  The thesis of the book is that people have chosen atheism for reasons other than the scientific, factual evidence it supposedly has.  At its heart, atheism is an emotion-based, not a logic-based, belief.  Many of the famous atheists of the 20th century have had a common trait—a powerfully strong desire for lustful pleasure. 

     In a moment of extreme candor atheist Aldous Huxley stated in his book Ends and Means: “I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning; and consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption. The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics. He is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do. For myself, as no doubt for most of my friends, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom. The supporters of this system claimed that it embodied the meaning – the Christian meaning, they insisted – of the world. There was one admirably simple method of confuting these people and justifying ourselves in our erotic revolt: we would deny that the world had any meaning whatever.” 

     David’s inspired pen declares the same truth.  It is written, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’  They are corrupt and have done abominable iniquity; there is none who does good” (Psalm 53:1).  Atheism’s dirty little secret is that it is rooted in the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  Professing itself to be wise, scientific- and logic-based, it exalts itself against the knowledge of God.  Like the world, it passes away, but everyone who does the will of God abides forever.

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Author: jchowning

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