Atheism is stupid in how it abuses the term “evidence” with the filter of presentism. Presentism is defined as: “an attitude toward the past dominated by present-day attitudes and experiences” In other words, people of the present many times impose their attitudes, experiences and understanding on people of the past.
By doing this, one will come out with unfair interpretations of the past. Atheists are guilty of this. They read certain passages in the Bible and cry foul! Some passages seem to present God as this evil entity. Others are violent, such as the “bashing of babies on rocks” verse (Psalms 137:9). Atheists read this and immediate denounce the Bible as an evil book and God as an abuser of mankind. This judgment is based on presentism. The atheist is interpreting the past via experiences and understandings of the present. The atheist completely ignores the literary style of the passage, the time and circumstance, and the audience. These are a recipe for doubt and rash judgement against God and Scripture.
Granted, there are passages in Scripture that will naturally raise an eyebrow; however, those passages have their meaning that must be studied. The passages in question will make more sense when looking at it via exegesis. A lack of exegesis will result in either the formation of a new sect or atheism. Students sometimes have trouble learning mathematics. Basic arithmetic is not a big deal; however, when alegebra comes into play and students see the xyz’s and abc’s mixed with 123’s, then they become agitated. To them, the concepts seem extremely illogical and complex to understand or complete. However, when the rules of how to interpret these equations is carefully taught, students will begin to see how easy this math really is. It may take a little more thinking as opposed to a simple 2+2=4 problem; nevertheless, the equations are doable.
Similarly, Scripture must be read carefully. It must not be read like a newpaper and then attacked due to its apparent message. Care must be taken to read it in context so as to avoid presentism. Presentism must be set aside. If presentism is used, then one will fall into the fallacious arguments of writers such as Christopher Hitchens or Thomas Paine.
Evidence is a word atheists like to throw around – they ask: Where is the evidence? When atheists ask theists for evidence for God and the theist cannot produce a man in a white robe, then they immediately cry out victory. They believe that a theist’s inability to produce a 3D tactile presentation of God to be proof that no such being exists. In my “no evidence for God, therefore no God post,” I touch on this in more detail.
Evidence for God does not have to be in the form of an actual being. It would be like demanding the animated body of President Lincoln in order to believe he existed. As I write this, the Mar’s Rover is rolling around Mars looking for evidence of life or past life. The Rover is doing this by collecting samples of soil. Based on the composition of the soil, the Rover will be able to find evidence of life or past life.
Think about it: NASA is studying Mars to find evidence of life. So why can’t we study nature to find evidence of God – its creator? Why are atheists quick to knock down any arguments from design if NASA is looking for life based on the design of composition in soil samples collected? One can see why atheism is indeed stupid or contrarian in regards to evidence of God. Similarly, many NASA scientists believe life does exist on other planets. They base this idea on the mere fact that the universe is huge and there are hundreds of billions of galaxies each with its own planetary systems. Therefore, the logic is that if the universe has all this space with galaxies and planets, then life must be present elsewhere as well.
Ironically, when nature or the design of nature is used to show an intelligent creator, atheists do not want to hear it. This makes absolutely no sense. It is irrational to believe that order can come about from disorder. It is irrational to believe that everything that exists-exists in this way by mere coincidence. It is more probable to believe that an elaborate design has a designer that is intelligent and able to create order with aesthetic value.
Atheism is stupid for cherry picking what it considers evidence and what it does not. Similarly, atheism is stupid for judging ancient texts via presentism. They lose the true meaning by resorting to this mental filter.
We need to end the stupidity called Atheism.