Ball Bounces: I've got xn to concede that meaning, purpose, and values are subjective. Which means that it is impossible, under atheism, for a human being to have or live a genuinely authentic existence. Subjective is just another word for "made-up", or "arbitrary", or, "ultimately fictitious", and "unreal".
Atheists should at least want for there to be a God -- it would authenticate human existence -- their existence. But they don't. They relish the idea that there is no God, and, therefore, no objective reality to meaning, purpose or values. Such a tendency can only be viewed as perverse, and, dare I say it, irrational.XN:
That "meaning, purpose, and values are subjective" is an assertion of mine, not a concession.
No, subjective does not mean "'made-up', or 'arbitrary', or, 'ultimately fictitious', and 'unreal'." This is in fact a highly tendentious definition of the word. This can be seen in the (widely accepted) statement that appreciation of art and music is subjective. This does not mean that appreciation of art and music is "'made-up', or 'arbitrary', or, 'ultimately fictitious', and 'unreal'" -- just that it is very idiosyncratic and very personal. I would further point out that religious experiences are also subjective (as can be seen from the wide range of religious experiences supporting different religions).
As you have not demonstrated that the subjective is in some way inauthentic, your assertion that "it is impossible, under atheism, for a human being to have or live a genuinely authentic existence" is unsubstantiated.* * *
When a person has a subjective appreciation of art, the art is objectively real. What is subjective is the person's apprehension of the art, and the way it strikes them. A blind person may not react to the artwork at all. A color-blind person may not appreciate the colors. A cross-eyed person may see it differently. Etc. The subjectivity is in the apprehension; the art itself exists.
What I am asserting is not that meaning, purpose, and values are subjectively apprehended under atheism -- for this statement is equally true under theism. What I am asserting is a stronger claim that, under atheism, meaning, purpose, and values are mere subjective constructs of each human mind, and nothing more. They have no more objective existence than flying spaghetti monsters.
In other words, under atheism, there is no art "out there" to see.
Which means, to the extent that being human is equated with such things as the pursuit of meaning, purpose, and values, it is impossible under atheism for humans to be authentic creatures living authentic lives. Only God's existence and we his creatures can provide a sufficient foundation and grounding for authentic human existence.
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I also assert that conceptually, under atheism, the very ideas of meaning, purpose and value are absurd. Why should one possibly expect there to be meaning, purpose, and value in a meaningless, purposeless, indifferent universe?
Moreover, if the universe really were meaningless, purposeless, and valueless, none of these -- the search for meaning, the sense of purpose, and the sense of value and values -- should exist within the human mind as deeply held (basic?) notions. So, not only are the ideas absurdities, we too are absurdities for thinking them.
Atheists may argue against my ideas, but, in doing so, they only diminish themselves and humanity with them.
Regain your humanity. Rebel against the atheist machine.™
NB - Artwork by Anatole Krasnyansky -- our favorite artist.