According to Professor Randal Rauser writing at The Christian Post, you are an atheist for the following reasons:
- You don’t have to get up on Sundays
- You don’t have to give to the poor
- You want a new Samsung LED TV
- You want to play tennis and ride bikes (apparently Christians do not do that)
If that doesn’t make sense, the rest of the article won’t either.
He goes on to overanalyze Timothy Treadwell, a man who lived among bears because he “could find no objective meaning in his empty southern California life of beaches and parties,” and later was killed by one of them.
There’s no mention of Treadwell’s personality disorders that may have contributed to his death.
For Rauser, if a Holy Book or a faith isn’t giving your life meaning, then you can’t have one. If you give yourself some meaning independently, it’s worthless. Since so many of our values and morals are subjective, he can’t understand why atheists would bother to do anything good. That reeks of ignorance, not understanding. There are plenty of evolutionary explanations for things like altruism.
(Thanks to Walker for the link!)