Andy writes concerning my “globs of chemicals called ‘atheists’” blog
To matter – to be of importance. Importance is defined and assigned by the human mind. I consider my life to be important to me, therefore it matters to me – the future heat-death of the universe is of no consequence to my present assigment of importance. My life might not matter to you – on the whole, it probably doesn’t except in some sort of vague way since you don’t know me. It doesn’t mean that my life, in general, doesn’t matter (since it does to me, my friends, my family, etc).
When all minds cease to exist, importance ceases to exist – until that time, things matter. Do they not?
Matter, according to atheists, has certain epiphenomena. Configure it one way and you get a hydrogen bomb. Configure it another way and you have a barking poodle or a milkshake, or a tide, yawn, or vomit. Configure it still another way and you have “mind”, according to the atheist. Why the atheist attaches mystical signficance to the last epiphenomena is beyond me, given the atheist’s first principles. I think it has to do with the atheist’s lingering superstitious belief that “mind” (particularly his own mind) is reflective of something “higher”. This belief is a last echo of the theistic worldview he rejects. Like all heresies, it derives its strength from the Judeo-Christian worldview. But when you cut the branch from the tree it dies. Sorry. But your exalted view of “mind” goes down the drain with all the rest.
Now you can certainly go on arbitrarily attaching “significance” (whatever *that* is) to things. What you can’t do is give any good reason for it other than “It matters to me”. But then, of course, it becomes all-fired difficult to explain why you think certain things should matter to everybody. It becomes hard to see why so many atheists are “evangelical”, wanting to assert that the epiphenomena of chemical activity in their brains are “true” while the epiphenomena of chemical activity in a Christian’s brain is a “delusion”. You might as well argue that my enjoyment of chocolate is “false” and your love of beer is “true”. You can only do that *if* you are going to acknowledge that your mind is not an epiphenomenon of matter–as Christians do. But if your first premise is to *insist* that it is an epiphenonemon of matter, then you are just talking gibberish.