According to atheists, there is no creator behind the universe. So, following Carl Sagan, the material universe consisting of molecules and atoms is all there is, all there ever was, and all there's ever going to be. Forever and ever, amen. Immaterial things, like souls, and spirits, and gods, etc. simply do not exist.
Which brings us to logic. In particular, boolean logic. You know, stuff like,
a or (a AND b) = a
a or NOT a = 1 (true)
a or 0 (false) = a
a or 1 (true) = 1 (true)
That kind of stuff.
These logical constructs seem to be true, and seem to exist, whether human brains are around to conceive of them or work the logic or not. And logic seems to be immaterial -- pure thought, one might say. So, does logic really exist? Did it exist before human beings, or is it a product of the human mind?
Let me put it this way. Did a) human brains invent boolean logic, or, b) did human brains discover boolean logic? The distinction is an important one. I want you to think about it.
If you answered b) we discovered boolean logic, then my question is, since logic is immaterial, how could it exist in a purely material, unintelligent universe -- unless there is in fact an intelligent creator behind the universe who put it there for us to discover and use? And, if it does exist, then we must conclude that the universe consists of both material and immaterial realities -- opening the door for all kinds of things that materialists and atheists want to deny.
Which means, if you are an atheist, you are now probably scrambling over to b) -- we invented it.
OK, we invented it. It's a product of our minds, or, to be more specific, our undesigned, evolved brains. If human beings didn't exist, logic wouldn't exist. Hey - logic probably evolved gradually, along with the human brain's development -- at first it was just a or 1 = 1, and logic kind of grew from there.
But if we created it, why should we trust it? We ourselves are undesigned. And, in a purely materialistic world, our thoughts can be nothing more than the undirected, purely mechanical collision of molecules inside our undesigned brains. Why, as C. S. Lewis so pointedly asked, would we put any confidence in anything coming out of an undesigned brain, boolean logic and rational thought included?
Which brings me to what I consider to be the illogic of atheism.
Atheists claim to be rational. They claim to trust in reason. It is their cause celebre. Indeed, it is why they are atheists and the rest of us are dupes.
We can only trust the logic of atheism if logic itself is trustworthy. But Logic is only trustworthy if it has a source outside of human beings, beings who sprang to life and evolved through mindless, purely mechanical, and wholly materialistic processes.
The logical conclusion of atheism is that it's conclusively illogical.
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And why do atheists strive so hard to make sense of the universe which, if it is undesigned, has no sense?
Their very striving to make sense of it presupposes a Creator; maybe, deep down, they think that just maybe the universe was planned, does have a purpose, and maybe human beings really do have significance -- naaah. They actually prefer to think we are organized scum, no better than a slug. They actually prefer to think this!
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Maybe someday, given enough time and random mutations, these words will self-organize into a sentence. But you know what? Even if they do, by purely random means, -- there would still be intelligence behind them.
And that's the way the Ball bounces.