Atheism and Science

Sep 20, 2011 Comments Off by

Even the religious are starting to notice that one of the natural philosophical partners to science, is atheism. Bizarrely, this seems to confuse some religious people, as though they weren’t expecting it.

Any atheist will tell you, that atheism is the only logically valid philosophy with regards to the existence of gods. It is the only one which stands up to rational scrutiny, just like science does. (Note that other philosophies like humanism incorporate atheism but add on useful lessons for life, and so are also valid.)

One of the most common observations of science, is that as it advances, it dispels yet more religious myths. A few new myths fill the gap but not for long. The general idea is that science will one day make it nearly impossible for the religious to comprehend the gaps they’re trying to shove their god into.

But actually science may well never be able to determine the state of existence of anything god-like, simply because the concept is so abstract and so far away from the universe that proving it scientifically becomes a fool’s errand.

This is where atheism steps in. Atheism uses rational statements similar to those used in science and mathematics and other branches of philosophy to show us that the belief in a god is unjustifiable. Atheism uses the same methods as science does to reach its conclusions, hence it is unsurprising that the two go hand-in-hand.

It is clear that atheism has many advantages over theism. Atheism has one statement, and it is a negative assertion. Negative assertions do not require proof, therefore atheism must be correct. Theism has many statements, all of which are positive assertions. Positive assertions do require proof, therefore theists have a lot of work to do before they are correct.

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