A few weeks ago, the creation scientists at Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis (AIG) — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page — posted this article: Dear Atheists, from Bodie Hodge. Here’s AIG’s biographical info on Bodie.
We intended to ignore Bodie’s article because we don’t debate or even discuss atheism around here. Besides being off-topic for us, it was a particularly absurd article. Look how it begins:
Are you tired of all the evil associated with the philosophy of atheism—Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and so on? After all, most murderers, tyrants, and rapists are not biblical Christians, and most have rejected the God of the Bible.
Do you feel conflicted about the fact that atheism has no basis in morality (i.e., no absolute right and wrong; no good, no bad?) If someone stabs you in the back, treats you like nothing, steals from you, or lies to you, it doesn’t ultimately matter in an atheistic worldview where everything and everyone are just chemical reactions doing what chemicals do. And further, knowing that you are essentially no different from a cockroach in an atheistic worldview (since people are just animals) must be disheartening.
Perhaps we should have written about it. After all, AIG says pretty much the same thing about those who accept the theory of evolution. Anyway, our oversight is about to be corrected, because AIG received an email complaining about it, and they respond to that email here: Feedback: Responding to the Logic of an Atheist. This one is written by Mark Looy — a co-founder of AIG. It begins with the email they received, which is rather long. Here’s a sample:
The first paragraph fails to deliver any message of any value to the intended audience. It gets sidetracked first by associating all atheists with a few murderous dictators — who may or may not have been atheists. Then, it goes deeper by associating us with all murderers, thieves, rapists. Then it completely goes off the rails …
I don’t associate my values or goals with those of dictators or criminals, I don’t share their beliefs or their behaviors. I don’t consider my life worthless because I am, as we all are, another leaf on the tree of life. Life in the moment, doing our best day to day, without hope of reward or fear of punishment, is sufficient.
You get the general idea. Although Looy’s response doesn’t explicitly say so, we assume he’s also talking about those who accept the theory of evolution and reject creationism. They always lump us together. Here are some excerpts from Looy’s answer to that email, with bold font added by us for emphasis
Please note that in our web article, AiG did not say atheism causes murder, which you imply we stated. Instead, as we often declare on our website, AiG believes that in a meaningless, purposeless world, people can justify any action they want, including killing others.
Hey — that’s neat. Because ours is a “meaningless, purposeless world,” we can justify anything! We can even try to match those who perpetrated the nightmare of the Inquisition and who justified the millions of deaths in various religious wars. Let’s read on:
If there is no absolute authority, people are free to make up their own rules. In fact, suppose someone considered your personal views to be dangerous and sought to harm you? Why shouldn’t they hurt you if that’s their wish and there is no absolute standard of behavior to prohibit them from doing so? So, no, we are not “slandering” all atheists when we point out the connection between evolution and bad behavior.
There you go — he tossed in evolution, treating it as interchangeable with atheism. And so, dear reader, Looy says we desperately need “absolute authority,” and he is ready to provide it. The AIG article continues:
You did not offer a basis for the beliefs you presented in your email. You thus helped make the very point of our web article. In logic, your argument is called “affirming the consequent.” That is, you are assuming arbitrarily the very thing you believe.
And of course, creationists never arbitrarily assume the things they believe. That’s why their website has a Statement of Faith, the preamble of which says:
In order to preserve the function and integrity of the ministry in its mission to proclaim the absolute truth and authority of Scripture and to provide a biblical role model to our employees, and to the Church, the community, and society at large, it is imperative that all persons employed by the ministry in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to our Statement of Faith, to include the statement on marriage and sexuality, and conduct themselves accordingly.
Here’s more from Looy’s article:
Why bother to write a harsh email if people are merely chemicals reacting with each other, like vinegar and baking soda? Ultimately, since in the atheistic worldview all people will cease to exist, what’s the point of doing anything, including taking care of your family members or bothering to send us an email?
Yes, dear reader — you’re nothing but a bunch of chemicals, so what’s the point of doing anything? Moving along:
As to your comment that you believe in science and technology, I reply that so do we. I point out that we have several full-time staff with earned doctorates who enjoy their pursuits in science and technology.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Another excerpt:
Do you have meaning and purpose in life? When your head hits the pillow at night, do you fall asleep knowing that your life has meaning even if there is no life after death? Furthermore, do you ponder the point of anything you did that day if you believe there will be a time (from your atheistic perspective) when no consciousness will exist to know or remember anything? It will all have been nothingness, even with your statement that you “don’t consider my life worthless because I am, as we all are, another leaf on the tree of life.” I’m sorry, but what is the ultimate meaning of that tree?
Powerful stuff, huh? Let’s skip to the end of the article:
Regardless, I hope you will continue to check our website from time to time, and we pray that one day you will come to realize that the Christian worldview is rational and defensible and then receive Christ as Savior. I would also welcome you to tour our Creation Museum near Cincinnati; I would be happy to meet with you and offer you a complimentary ticket.
Wowie — a free ticket to the Creation Museum! That’s a real life-changer. We are overwhelmed.
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