I’ve been stupidly busy today with a group project, so I’ll be very honest and admit right up front that this is my equivalent of “phoning it in”. That being said – before we get to the real point of this post, let’s go over a few important life lessons:
- “Groupwork” is merely a euphemism for “complete f***ing waste of five hours of your life”;
- In real life, outside of the military and highly hazardous occupations where you depend on the men – yes, MEN – by your side for your very survival, TEAMWORK doesn’t accomplish one single damned thing;
- Related: the secret to getting anything done in any halfway functioning organisation is not “let’s all get consensus and buy-in with this list of endlessly stupid minutiae and bulshit”;
- Corollary: The REAL secret to getting shit done can be found in ancient military wisdom: “find the one or two guys in this shop who are not complete incompetents, and work them to death”;
- If you can at all in any way avoid it, DO NOT work with women – it will be the end of any form of productivity or progress in your project;
- This is because women require far more “touchy-feely time” and get much more emotional over trivial shit than men do;
- Women also cannot deal with blunt rejections of their ideas very well and require you to waste tremendous amounts of time mollycoddling them;
- Power corrupts, and PowerPoint corrupts absolutely;
- The best PowerPoint presentation in the world is the one that never has to be done;
- Learn the fine art of delegating;
Right, on to the main point of today’s post.
As the title says, atheism does not present any real hope or solutions in the long run. This is not news to any of you, I’m sure. Several of you are former atheists and the rest are most likely deists or secularists who aren’t quite militant about it. But the reason why atheism does not offer any solutions to moral problems is because it cannot.
Until fairly recently, though, Christians tended to be fairly limited in their ability to articulate this particular point. That is not the case any longer. A number of highly talented and skilled Christian apologists have distilled the ancient wisdom of great thinkers like St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine of Hippo down into easily digestible yet logically sound arguments.
For a highly readable yet rigourous overview of these arguments, you probably cannot do better than I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist\ by Drs. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek. This is the logically and ontologically sound expansion to the excellent, highly readable, but theologically perhaps questionable Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis – indeed, the former book takes a number of direct inspirations and references from the latter.
But sometimes we need to hear these things for ourselves, and that is where Prof. John Lennox comes in:
Atheists are certainly capable of living exemplary moral lives. Many atheists are far more moral than so-called “Christians” – the secular kind, anyway. But those same atheists cannot explain or justify their morality. It’s simply not possible. Without God, there is no such thing as objective morality.
The realisation of this problem played a big part in my movement away from materialism and atheism. The sheer mathematical impossibility of the materialistic worldview cemented it. But I never could have gotten to the point where I bent the knee and accepted Christ if I had not first seen and understood, very clearly, that the only realistic way forward to a morally just and decent world lay in accepting an objective and unbending standard of morality.
That is what Dr. Lennox makes clear. Sooner or later, we are all going to grapple with that Problem of Evil. And one way or another, we’re going to find that there is only one real answer to it.
We won’t necessarily like that answer – it’s not an easy one to live with. But the answer simply is what it is. It’s up to us to accept it.