Why Should Atheists Care About Japan?
My contention is that one's philosophical worldview must be able to engage and explain the real world with reason and coherence. So, when a major disaster happens like what happened in Japan, according to the values of atheistic philosophy, why should they care?
Atheists are evangelists of sorts. Evolution is their religion. They insist they have the correct understanding of how life came to be on the earth. A person like me, the biblical creationist, is considered an ignoramus for rejecting reality. According to the atheist, humanity is a product of time and chance, and we live in a materialistic world subject to raw, uncaring natural forces.
But if their views of the world are correct, as I noted in my first article, is not a tsunami another extinction event that shapes the course of the evolutionary river every now and then? According to the atheist view of earth's history, those events are good things. I mean, a comet wiping out the dinosaurs was good for us, right?
As I predicted, I had a handful of atheists wander onto the blog and leave their comments. However, none of them, and I mean none of them, even attempted to deal with the question I raised. One atheist was even inclined to write up a post, but he's dishonest, refusing to post my challenge in his combox. Only one commenter of mine flat out admitted the obvious. He/she didn't care and didn't feel a need to.
The others who did leave comments tried to offer pragmatic explanations. Such things as other animals show altruistic behavior, so we will too as humans. But when it boiled down to specifics, no body could say why any one should care. Just that we do and we don't need any God to justify our compassion.
Honestly, if you reject the divine and believe evolution made all there is, what is the point with me caring for our fellow man except made when doing so selfishly benefits me.
Take a look at this video: Evolution Made Us All. It's just over two minutes.
It plays like a parody, right? But it was made to be a serious representation of evolutionary philosophy. All things wise and wonderful, all things big and small, from Mother Theresa to lamprey eels, Osama bin Laden and tyrannosaurus rex, evolution made them all. Amazing. Mother Theresa is no different really than a lamprey eel when all things are considered. And those atheists who insist on showing compassion when natural disaster strikes want me to take them seriously?
What about atheist philosophers and scientists? They, too, don't really offer any justification for caring about Japan, either.
For example, Dr. Anthony Cashmore, UPenn biology professor, argues any genuine choice or volition is an illusion and mankind is nothing more than a bag of chemicals. Why do bags of chemicals need to help other bags of chemicals? I take it then, that any altruistic motive to help other humans are also an illusion?
Or how about Cornell professor, Dr. William Provine, who wrote in a 1994 edition of Origin Science ,
Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear … There are no gods, no purposes, no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That’s the end for me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning to life, and no free will for humans, either.
And let us not forget the current messianic prophet of atheism, Dr. Richard Dawkins, who famously wrote in the November, 1995 edition of Scientific American,
The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. It must be so. If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored. In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.
Atheists may not like it, but these are the mouth pieces of their beliefs, and nothing they say offers any reason why any human ought to act out of self sacrifice for other humans.