A Theology of Atheism by Daniel Keeran, MSW
The concept of a transcendent entity as the source of morality and ultimate justice is an essential foundation of rational human life and functioning.
By: College of Mental Health Counselling
As a result, many people are growing to adulthood without belief in God. This book discusses the implications and effects of non-belief and nihilism, much of which is observed in the despair reflected in some popular music, performing arts, the decline of sexual morality, the breakdown of marriage and family, and increased violence and crime, especially against children. For evidence of this, one need only review the late societies of Eastern Europe, China, Korea and Russia and their atheist leaders and founders officially informed by atheism perpetrating mass murder against their citizens.
In spite of growing non-theism in society, there is a desire for altruism, love and concern for others, and respect for social order. Even those who deny God cling to values and beliefs that have only a spiritual origin, meaning, and motivation apart from mere survival instincts.
The exception to this across cultures is the phenomenon of the anti-social personality, sometimes with possible genetic origins, that may lack remorse, empathy, regard for the welfare of others, and respect for social order. Otherwise, every human being even in spite of an intellectual denial of God holds spiritual awareness, empathy, and beliefs.
Non-theism, as an intellectual conclusion rather than an emotional reaction, is based upon the notion that only the observable can be known or relied upon. The primary aim of this book is to show the impossibility of living one's life without innumerable beliefs.
Further, if one were to thoughtfully examine everything regarded as observable objective reality, one would be forced to the conclusion that objective reality does not exist in a pure absolute form without some element of subjective belief. Therefore, the foundational principle of non-theism, objective observable reality, relies upon belief.
It is beyond the scope of this volume to focus on scientific, historical, or archaeological evidence, and there is little attempt to do so. The conclusions expressed herein are based upon reason and logic.
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Daniel Keeran, MSW