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This poster: “A million New Yorkers are good without God. Are you?”, is a typical example of how atheism smuggles in values without having a basis on which to establish them. Quite often, atheists use language that is meaningless within the atheist framework but since the words already have meaning because they come from a religious framework, they get away with using them.
The big question that atheism has yet to answer with any compelling logic is: how does an atheist decide what is truly good and truly bad?
This poster uses the word “good”. But it is a contentless word. Because it is already used with meaning given to it from a theistic framework, the smuggled in word goes unchallenged.
But starting from an atheist beginning, how does the word come to have objective meaning?
Is torturing babies good or bad under the atheist system?
The only way to answer that is to start at the beginning. The very beginning. Because how the universe began is the only way to determine how things are going.
In a universe that started without the act of an intelligent designer, could only have started with unintelligent chaos. That first string or energy particle chaotically exploded, setting off a series of chaotic explosions whereby stars, galaxies and planets came into being.
Then dust particles became germs which became animals and plants all by accident. One of the animals accidentally walked upright and became a human. All through chaos.
Everything the chaotic human did was random and by accident. This means that every thought and every action is chaotic. It cannot be good or bad – it just is.
That is because the energy particles react just like two hydrogen molecules and one oxygen molecule. They come together and react the way they are supposed to under certain conditions. And if the conditions differ, they combine differently.
That is all there is.
There is nothing more to a human’s thoughts and actions. There is no reasoning or process by which certain things are chosen because they are intrinsically good or intrinsically bad. The culmination of chaos is chaos. The thought process is the culmination of chaotic processes from start to finish.
Thus, the atheist has no basis to call an action or thought good or bad. Every thought and action just is. It is correct by definition because it is merely the sum, product, difference and quotient of the process that went on before it.
So in order to use the word “good”, this atheist poster had to smuggle in the definition from a theistic perspective, where there is truly good and truly evil because there are such things as rational thought and psychological freedom and not just chaotic processes.