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A Critique of Atheism

If ever you needed proof that one man’s meat is another’s poison, you don’t have to look beyond the existence of religion. Our world has many of them; they are followed by a handful or three fourths of the globe depending on their popularity and reach, and suffice it to say that they coexist in an uneasy peace. Wars have been, and still continue to be, fought over religions and religious beliefs, and I’m sure this state of affairs will continue well into the future too, as long as religion exists. But even though religions are at war with each other, if there’s one enemy they all have in common, it’s atheism ‒ the belief that there is no God and hence no need for religion.

There are two kinds of atheists ‒ the kind who explicitly believe that there is no God, and the kind who just don’t think about the existence of a God. To the second category, they don’t believe in any religion as such, and as an extension of this, they don’t believe that God exists. If we were to look at atheism objectively, we could say that it is a kind of religion too, one that does not believe in any form of rituals, ceremonies, or God. Now while this in itself is not a bad thing, the fact is that religion has been known to set morals and principles that help build character. So to critique atheism, we could say that it promotes a society where morals and principles are not focused upon and that this could lead to an overall deterioration of societal norms and the subsequent degradation of society.

For example, most religions teach that premaritax sex and abortion are morally and ethically wrong. Atheists believe that such decisions are personal opinions and that religion must not interfere. But it is true that unless we have some form of law that people are willing to abide by, the end result will be chaos. And since people believe in the power of religion and the omnipresence of God more than they trust governments, it stands to reason that religion is the rulebook we must live by if we want to promote and encourage character and morals in our society and in future generations to come.

Atheism falls by the wayside when it comes to explaining phenomena that cannot be explained by pure science alone. Even if we were to agree that the universe was created by the Big Bang Theory, who caused the bang to happen? Why is the Higgs Boson particle called the “God” particle? Because it is believed to have been the seed that created our world. So even science reaches a point where it has to stop because it cannot offer rational explanations beyond that point ‒ only God and religion can explain the rest.