11 Questions For Atheists That Will Surely Make You Cringe

11 Questions For Atheists That Will Surely Make You Cringe November 20, 2018

Christian Answers has this list of questions up and while I appreciate the fact that they have attempted to use inviting language and a reasonable tone, what most Christians asking similar questions don’t understand, is that sometimes it’s the very question itself that’s insulting, not the tone or extra ad-homs. Some of these questions are just completely unreasonable and makes it near impossible to answer them. Let’s give it a shot though.

 

1. “If all of life is meaningless and ultimately absurd, why bother to march straight forward, why stand in the queue as though life as a whole makes sense?” —Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

I hate this question. You know me. You know I want to be able to say that the asker and myself are on the same intellectual level. You know I don’t think believers are stupid. But this question is dishonest and childish, like the neighbour kid asking, “I know you are, but what am I?”. It’s literally just as silly.

Why?

Well before we answer that, I’d like to point out that there are two ways to look at the meaning of life. One, is on an objective level – what is the meaning of there being life at all? Two is a more subjective way of looking at it – what is the meaning of your life, to you and to those around you?

I’m just going to go ahead and assume that the asker is referring to the objective version, because I’m pretty sure there’s not an atheist who doesn’t find meaning in his or her own life, myself included. Given we’re talking about the objective way of looking at the meaning of life, the question becomes even more absurd, though. It assumes that the existence of life ought to have a meaning and that we ought to be able to understand that meaning at this point in our collective human knowledge. That, to me, is an arrogant and absurd assertion: that somehow, we’re owed some kind of explanation.

Taking that a step further and making up our own explanation for which there is no evidence, is even more inane. For me, I don’t need the explanation, nor do I feel we are owed one. There is no explanation that we have evidence for as of yet, and I’m perfectly fine with that. I fail to see how a lack of an explanation for why the universe showed up in the first place is a reason to give up on life completely. In fact, it’s the opposite. The unanswered questions about life and our universe are what drive many people to push on.

I give my own life meaning, subjectively, and that’s all I need to want to move forward. It’s a shame some people need more.

2. If everyone completely passes out of existence when they die, what ultimate meaning has life? Even if a man’s life is important because of his influence on others or by his effect on the course of history, of what ultimate significance is that if there is no immortality and all other lives, events, and even history itself is ultimately meaningless?

It simply does not bother me that there may not be any “ultimate” meaning to life. So long as my life means something to me and the people it touches, I do not need more. I guess my question for theists who ask this is, why do you need there to be a meaning to life beyond us, beyond our species and our environment? I mean, if we found out there was some great meaning that exists beyond our world, I’d be happy to find out but as it stands today, none of us know. Making stories up to fill that gap is just weird. Give your own life meaning. Focus on the people and places in front of you. If they are not enough for you, perhaps some changes in your life are called for.

3. Suppose the universe had never existed. Apart from God, what ultimate difference would that make?

None. It would make no difference. Does that make you uncomfortable?

4. In a universe without God or immortality, how is mankind ultimately different from a swarm of mosquitoes or a barnyard of pigs?

We’re not. Again, wanting to be more and better and superior does not make it so. Something I learned when I was 8 or 9 years old and I wanted a Cabbage Patch Kid. I learned that it’s not enough to just want something. You can’t wish something into truth.

5. What viable basis exists for justice or law if man is nothing but a sophisticated, programmed machine?

Consequences. There are consequences for doing certain things. We have a conscience, first of all, that prevents most of us from doing horrible things. We’ve been hardwired through evolution to feel guilt. It stops us from doing a lot of things or righting things we may have already done wrong. The strong emotions we feel drive us to enact laws to protect each other and society from those whose conscience may not be fully functioning. I don’t need some threat of eternal damnation to know there ought to be a law against murderin’ folks. It’s concerning that this question insinuates that some do.

6. Why does research, discovery, diplomacy, art, music, sacrifice, compassion, feelings of love, or affectionate and caring relationships mean anything if it all ultimately comes to naught anyway?

Why does it need to come to more? You take someone like Nikola Tesla, who was driven by the questions in his head. He wanted to know more about electricity, so he woke up, day in and day out, with the aim of figuring it all out. The questions and curiosity he had were enough for him to get up, get dressed and seek answers. Why does there need to be more than that? Mark Twain was driven by a similar passion to my own. He loved the shape and form of a story coming together under the clacking keys of his typewriter. He was driven by his love for and desire to write. Should he have needed more? He’s passed on his stories to generation after generation, millions of people have enjoyed them. Does there need to be a bigger meaning to what he did than that? I’m curious to know why? What does it suddenly render it all pointless if there’s not some magical being out in eternity somewhere nodding in approval?

7. Without absolute morals, what ultimate difference is there between Saddam Hussein and Billy Graham?

In order for this question to have any merit, you must first assume there is someone or something outside of our universe to whom “ultimate” difference must matter. Without that, why does there need to be an “ultimate” difference? We know the difference between a good guy and a bad guy within the bounds of human history. Why do we need a god for that? We know that losing our loved ones hurts, ergo, we can piece together the fact that genocide creates whole lot of hurt and is generally something we might like to avoid. We don’t need a god to tell us it hurts. We know it does because we have empathy. Minor note: I would have chosen someone like Bill Gates or Jose Mujica as the good guy because Billy Graham is a douchecanoe.

8. If there is no immortality, why shouldn’t all things be permitted? (Dostoyevsky)

Um. I see no connection between the two parts of this question, but for the sake of argument, I’ll indulge this idiocy (pardon the pun… get it? Dostoyevsky? Sigh… I’m a nerd). All things should not be permitted because harm. Our emotions, our guilt, our conscience, our empathy, and our compassion are all good enough reasons to say crap like, “Hey kids, probs should not kill a fella” because we are able to understand it causes harm. We know it sucks because it would suck if it happened to us. We don’t need the prospect of eternal life to understand this.

9. If morality is only a relative social construct, on what basis could or should anyone ever move to interfere with cultures that practice apartheid, female circumcision, cannibalism, or ethnic cleansing?

On the basis that we know what causes harm and what hurts people and the world around us. We have compassion. We have empathy. When people are hurt and are caused great pain by certain actions, those actions should be fought and eliminated. Imaginary lines drawn in the sand should not matter. It’s like watching someone get kicked hard in the crotch. We cringe. We almost feel the phantom pain as the foot connects with the junk. We know it hurts and none of us had to pick up a Bible to be able to empathize with that pain.

10. If there is no God, on what basis is there any meaning or hope for fairness, comfort, or better times?

People. People have consistently worked to create a better world and have succeeded. We live in a better world than the one that existed 1000 years ago. The fact that legislation is worked on and fine-tuned every day in most countries, is an indication that most people feel it’s a good thing to continue, unendingly, to find better ways to be fair. As far as comfort goes, I am comforted by my family, my dog, my passions. I am comforted by my home. As human beings, we should and do work together to try to make sure that all people in the world can have those comforts.

Further to this, however, a mere need for comfort does not force the existence of a God. Just because you need something to feel comfort, doesn’t make it real. You cannot need something into existence.

11. Without a personal Creator-God, how are you anything other than the coincidental, purposeless miscarriage of nature, spinning round and round on a lonely planet in the blackness of space for just a little while before you and all memory of your futile, pointless, meaningless life finally blinks out forever in the endless darkness?

Removing the words “futile”, “pointless” and “meaningless”, the answer to this is, I am not anything other than that. I’m totally okay with that. In fact, the knowledge that I am only here for just a little while makes me value this life even more. It means I have to put my all into this one and really make it count because there are no do-overs. It means that every moment spent on bitterness and anger is a moment wasted I will never get back. It gives me every reason to seek out the best life has to offer and really live.

But pointless, futile and meaningless? I have no trouble finding meaning and purpose in my life without God. It’s truly a shame that you cannot.

These questions are completely dishonest and jump to conclusions without any evidence for said conclusions. As ridiculous as they are, however, the fact that they keep popping out of the mouths of believers means that these are actual questions they want answers to. So, why not answer them yourself as well? Write up your answers in the comments. I’d like to see how all of you answer them.

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  • Dave Maier

    You’re right, I got six words into the first one before I felt like punching myself in the face. Although it’s a stretch to say there are eleven distinct questions here, as most of them do pretty much the same thing. Also, w/r/t #9, once we put to one side the tendentious use of “relative,” there is indeed a serious question here, about how to understand cultural difference. But you know they don’t actually care about that; they just want to use the threat of “relativism” [so cannibalism is okay then?!?!?!] as a club.

  • Raging Bee

    Christian Answers has this list of questions up…

    …with no place to submit our answers, because they were never interested in hearing them to begin with. What a surprise that turned out not to be.

  • anne marie hovgaard

    Why do Christians always go on about “ultimate” this and “absolute” that? How is that important or interesting (or even real) in any way? It seems so childish: “oh sure, maybe you have meaning in your lives, but you don’t have ULTIMATE meaning!” As if that’s in any way a meaningful statement.

  • Raging Bee

    Religious charlatans have been posting “questions for atheists” for DECADES now, if not more. Have any of them ever acknowledged or responded to any of the answers they got back? Or are they all just plugging their ears, screaming “LALALALALALALALALALALALA!!!” and pretending they’ve stunned everyone into a state of permanent shamed silence?

  • Raging Bee

    At the bottom of their page was a link that said “Submit your Questions”. So I clicked on the link, and one of the options they offered was:

    Comments Department – for telling us what you think about ChristianAnswers.Net or our other ministries—not for questions or technical problems, etc.

    These guys really can’t handle questions, can they?

    PS: I still see no link labelled “Submit your answers to the questions you atheists surely can’t ever answer.”

  • Raging Bee

    GOD gives meaning to their statements, just like he magically gives meaning to all the other brainless gibberish they spout every day!

  • Martin Penwald

    I would have chosen someone like Bill Gates or Jose Mujica as the good guy because Billy Graham is a douchecanoe.

    Aaah, I was wondering why he was using Saddam Hussein as the good guy.

  • Kev Green

    These strike me not so much as actual questions but simply a disingenuous way of asserting that life without God is simply too bleak and meaningless to contemplate. The worse the alternative appears the less Christians are going to be willing to take an honest look at their beliefs. Individual Christians are going to be fond of these types of assertions since it counteracts their insecurities about worshipping a God that they know on at least a subconscious level exists only because they choose to claim he does.

  • Jenn H

    Most of those questions seem to be a variant of “how do you keep your existential fears at bay without God?” Which says a lot about the person asking.

  • ephemerol
  • The answers to those questions all require a specific god. For example us not being just another living creature implies a God who thinks we are something more than pigs or mosquitoes. The questions that mention immortality require a God who grants people immortal life. But I can imagine a God who does neither of those things, or only does so in specific cases, such as granting immortal life to someone it finds interesting like Albert Einstein, and not grant it to George the butcher who lived down the block.

  • Wan Kun Sandy

    Yeah, as usual, Christians are telling these questions to strawman atheists that they create in their heads. Furthermore, such questions are actually meant to bolster Christians themselves – they really like being the “most correct”.

  • Jim Jones

    1. “If all of life is meaningless and ultimately absurd, why bother to march straight forward, why stand in the queue as though life as a whole makes sense?” —Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

    Because we figured out the recipe for key lime pie.

    2. If everyone completely passes out of existence when they die, what ultimate meaning has life? Even if a man’s life is important because of his influence on others or by his effect on the course of history, of what ultimate significance is that if there is no immortality and all other lives, events, and even history itself is ultimately meaningless?

    No meaning. Well, except for the pie.

    3. Suppose the universe had never existed. Apart from God, what ultimate difference would that make?

    We would not have key lime pie.

    4. In a universe without God or immortality, how is mankind ultimately different from a swarm of mosquitoes or a barnyard of pigs?

    What part of “Because we figured out the recipe for key lime pie” did you not understand?

    5. What viable basis exists for justice or law if man is nothing but a sophisticated, programmed machine?

    Justice is the controlled application of revenge. And there’s no key lime pie in prison.

    6. Why does research, discovery, diplomacy, art, music, sacrifice, compassion, feelings of love, or affectionate and caring relationships mean anything if it all ultimately comes to naught anyway?

    Those things are nice. But they still aren’t . . . key lime pie.

    7. Without absolute morals, what ultimate difference is there between Saddam Hussein and Billy Graham?

    Billy used fewer suicide bombers and watched less porn. And he enjoyed more key lime pie.

    8. If there is no immortality, why shouldn’t all things be permitted? (Dostoyevsky)

    Because I’ll kill you if you do bad things. And there’s no key lime pie for the dead.

    9. If morality is only a relative social construct, on what basis could or should anyone ever move to interfere with cultures that practice apartheid, female circumcision, cannibalism, or ethnic cleansing?

    I don’t like those things. Neither do the victims. You seem unhappy. Can I interest you in some key lime pie?

    10. If there is no God, on what basis is there any meaning or hope for fairness, comfort, or better times?

    God doesn’t offer meaning or hope for fairness, comfort, or better times – or even key lime pie.

    11. Without a personal Creator-God, how are you anything other than the coincidental, purposeless miscarriage of nature, spinning round and round on a lonely planet in the blackness of space for just a little while before you and all memory of your futile, pointless, meaningless life finally blinks out forever in the endless darkness?

    No, that sums it up perfectly. But now I need carrot cake to feel better, because a personal Creator-God can’t fix that.

    And tomorrow I’ll have some key lime pie.

    Now it’s your turn:

    1. Define ‘god’.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Ok, I will start with #1. And the answer is SEX. Since by definition all life strives to reproduce, the very nature and meaning of life is SEX. Eezy peezy.

  • Carstonio

    Christian Answers doesn’t just create a cartoonishly nihilistic straw man version of atheism, it also assumes that the cartoon is the only alternative to Christianity. Many other religions have gods that aren’t creators or moral authorities, and that also describes deism, yet Christian Answers acts like its religion is the only one, an act of naked partisanship.

  • You … you picked key lime pie over chocolate? You heathen, you blasphemer, you … you better share that pie!

  • Polytropos

    Taken as a whole this list of questions shows a real fixation with the idea that life is pointless, meaningless, and futile. My advice to anyone who feels this way is to see a doctor, because these feelings are often symptoms of depression. There are medications and therapies that can help.

  • DavidC

    Yeah, It’s all a slightly repackaged argument from consequences. “But your worldview would mean…and wouldn’t that be just horrible.., therefore it can’t be true!”

  • Ann Kah

    “I appreciate the fact that they have attempted to use inviting language and a reasonable tone…”

    If they attempted to do so, they failed utterly. Every one of these questions boils down to something like “if you are an atheist, thus a contemptible, loathsome toad, how can you stand yourself?”

  • Ann Kah

    And my ultimate meaning (now that I’ve already passed on all the genes I’m ever going to transmit) is to provide raw material for the next experiments in evolution.

  • Ann Kah

    Damn, I made peach pie and pumpkin bread, and now I’ve got a sudden yen for key lime.

  • Ann Kah

    If you waste the one life you have hoping for a heavenly do-over, then …you’ve wasted the one life you have. I wonder how many elderly Christians are depressed because that idea finally occurred to them. And I wonder how many of them fervently pray that god grades on the curve.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Some of them turn off the comments or ban users on sight. That’s a response.

  • Raging Bee

    Wow, didn’t see that one…oh wait, I did, and so did everyone else who was paying attention…

  • Some guy

    Excerpted, of course, from “The Life of Pie”?

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Clearly, this man has a godless shaped hole in his heart, and needs to fill it with stuff that provides personal meaning: friends, family, career, philanthropic pursuits…I’m saying he should get a life.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Yabbut he used polite words to suggest that we’re worthless.

  • Wow. The people at Christian Answers must have really bleak, dark, cold imaginations to come up with such a list. Essentially they’re saying that they — not we — are perennially one second of doubt away from an existential crash and burn.

  • MadScientist1023

    Honestly, I’ve never understood why making everyone a slave of an all powerful being who doesn’t need us in the slightest, carrying out what is essentially a play he wrote that involves everyone yapping endlessly about how great the author is somehow adds meaning to one’s existence. Why would I find meaning in being a pet project of an all powerful being who made me for his own amusement and gratification?

  • Sophotroph

    Sir, your ideas are intriguing to me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • ORAXX

    A great many Christian apologists take the attitude that they’ve somehow arrived at great truth by merely posing questions. Simply asking the questions listed above, does not validate anyone’s concept of god. They are just arguments from ignorance. ‘I don’t understand this…..ergo God.’

  • Raging Bee

    Basically a bunch of idiots pretending to engage in Socratic Dialogue, possibly after taking a class in “reason and rhetoric” from a Christian madrassa. (Yes, a lot of Christian philosopher-wannabees seem to mix those two things — that alone says something about their character.)

  • MadScientist1023

    It is remarkable how many of these “questions” are little more than statements that if someone is an atheist, they must also be a nihilist, which is depressing, therefore God. I would say 1, 2, 3, 4, maybe 5, 6, and 11 fit squarely in that category.

    The rest are all permutations of the belief that if there isn’t someone making rules and imposing them on everyone, then all morality must be subjective, which is depressing, therefore God. It’s like saying if there’s no divine accountant giving you points for good deeds or docking them for sinning, there’s no point in making or following rules.

  • Not all Christians view their God the same way – this is just an iteration of a particular rendition of a Christian God. It’s kind of a silly set of questions based on one group’s narrative about their god.

  • That was something that made me depressed when I was religious – that I was a worthless sinner without being bought and beholden to the deity and thus property expected to figure out and carry out the will of said deity in order not to suffer eternal torment in hell.

  • Milo C

    This made me sad the first time it happened to me. I got banned from a Christian blogger’s comments section, when I really feel they could benefit from a perspective outside their bubble.

  • Milo C

    This iteration avoided curse words and the dreaded “I’ll pray for you”. That puts it in the top 10% of Xtian politeness at least.

  • Polytropos

    I wonder that too. It must be so depressing to get to that point and suspect you were wrong after all, and it’s too late to fix any of it.

  • Polytropos

    To me, the fact that the religion specifically instructs followers to neglect all those things in favour of the religion is one of the signs that it’s a cult.

  • The Bofa on the Sofa

    Yeah, it seems they can’t handle not being special. What if we are just like mosquitoes or pigs? I don’t know, so what if we are? Why is that a problem?

    What if the universe didn’t exist? I don’t know, so what if it didn’t? I wouldn’t be typing this out if it didn’t/ They don’t catch on to the fact that you can’t provide a value judgement between existence and non-existence. Non-existence is not less good than existence – you can’t compare them. I do not accept the premise of “the gift of life.” I am alive, and will make of that what I can, but how can I say it is better than before I was born and didn’t exist? I don’t remember being unhappy at that time.

    What if you are just an accident of nature? Again, so what if I am? I am who I am because one out of billions of my dad’s sperm met up with one of my mom’s eggs. If it had been a different sperm that made it through, I would not be who I am today. I would be similar, likely, consistent with my brothers and sisters, but it wouldn’t be me. But again, so what? How to compare existence as someone else with non-existence? It doesn’t matter.

    Sorry, I am not that special. And it doesn’t bother me in the least to admit that.

  • The Bofa on the Sofa

    If morality is only a relative social construct, on what basis could or should anyone ever move to interfere with cultures that practice apartheid, female circumcision, cannibalism, or ethnic cleansing?

    I wonder, who is most likely to excuse their ancestors being slaveholders on the grounds that it was the practice at the time? Or, for that matter, to excuse the bad behaviors of the bible because that was the way things were?

    As far as I’ve seen, atheists are the least willing to accept slavery of ancestors.

  • Pam

    What a great bunch of answers. It is too bad no one from Christian Answers actually wants to see them.

    I legitimately do not understand how meaning is given by eternal life and/or the approval of the Almighty. Is the claim that the things you do in life have meaning since they can get you into heaven? Or that what you do in life will somehow count in the afterlife, when everything you accomplished is now irrelevant since you will now spend eternity praising or burning? There is no next step from the afterlife, according to Christianity anyways, so once you are there, there is really nowhere else to go. According to this theory, there is no reason to be kind or cruel in Heaven or Hell, since there are no consequences; once you are dead, morality goes out the window for the people who believe that the only reason people do not rape and murder is because God will punish them.

    If I do something that has meaning in life, does it have the same meaning in Heaven or Hell or not? None of it makes any sense to me. Clearly I have not been touched by His Noodly Appendage, which would clear it all up.

  • jbhodges7

    You asked for our answers…. I wrote an essay on all of this some time back, I hope you find it interesting. The first half is a critique of religious ethics, the second half is my own assembled theory.

    http://atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/atheist-foundations-of-ethics

  • rationalobservations?

    1. “If all of life is meaningless and ultimately absurd, why bother to march straight forward, why stand in the queue as though life as a whole makes sense?” —Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

    Only some religionists appear to imagine that “life is meaningless and ultimately absurd” without one of the many millions of uuraged ndetected and undetectable gods, goddesses and god-men. For me and most other avowed atheists I know and have read – life is all the more valuable and meaningful because of its brevity and uniqueness. The only way life as a whole “makes sense” is through a knowledge and understanding of 4,000,000,000 years of past, current and ongoing evolution.

    2. If everyone completely passes out of existence when they die, what ultimate meaning has life? Even if a man’s life is important because of his influence on others or by his effect on the course of history, of what ultimate significance is that if there is no immortality and all other lives, events, and even history itself is ultimately meaningless?

    This question is merely based upon egotism and wishful thinking that is sold and encouraged by religions. The life of any individual living thing (including individual members of our very recently evolved species of ape) is meaningless other than as a genetic bridge of DNA from one generation to another. To imagine that us less hirsute apes are in any way significant in the greater scheme of things is wishful thinking fueled egotism. Life is what you make it and any significance any individual gains can only be attained in the all too brief period of life between nonexistence and eternal nonexistence. Suck it up religionists!

    3. Suppose the universe had never existed. Apart from God, what ultimate difference would that make?
    What difference to what or who must be the question? Which of the millions of undetected and undetectable “gods” has been demonstrated to exist and for what purpose?
    However the simple answer must appear to be;
    “No difference at all”.

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  • QuestionMark666

    Perhaps the list is to be used as a suggestion for Thanksgiving dinner conversation starters?
    Pass the gravy, you meaningless atheist, futile miscarriage of nature!
    Fun stuff.

  • QuestionMark666

    Excellent observation, It is a component of Xian logic to assume “that if someone is an atheist, they must also be a nihilist”. But that characterization seldom holds true.

  • QuestionMark666

    Yes, the Xians seems to consider the “One question that stumps all Atheists” to be some sort of holy grail, a special powerful talisman to turn Heatens into children of god at it’s meer utterance.

    Silly superstitions

  • QuestionMark666

    Repeatedly banned from Xians’ various websites, as I often say, irritating superstitious Christians and coffee is my morning routine!

  • It took great patience for you to not answer each with, simply, “duh!”

    Excellent answers. I might have one alternate: 4. In a universe without God or immortality, how is mankind ultimately different from a swarm of mosquitoes or a barnyard of pigs?

    It depends upon how “ultimate” is interpreted, of course, but the answer as to how we are different is self-evident: We have the ability to ask the question. It may be that the pigs wonder about it, as well, but they can never discuss it.

  • Paul

    I have seen a few Christian sites that pride themselves on their “civility”. Unfortunately, they confuse “civility” with “lack of swear words”, and they tend to be masters in the art of being offensive without using a single cuss.

  • ThaneOfDrones

    Given we’re talking about the objective way of looking at the meaning of life, the question becomes even more absurd, though.

    There is no such thing as objective meaning. Meaning implies a person or thing that assigns or appreciates the meaning. You are correct that the idea is, literally, absurd.

    In the Christian worldview, the person who assigns meaning is God. It is therefore up to the Christian to explain how accepting this meaning assigned by some other person is superior to choosing your own. This will depend on which God and which Christianity the person adheres to.
    Is theirs a literal Biblical God? Then He is morally suspect, and following his intentions is morally questionable; it is no better than paying obeisance to the strongest warlord. Read up on the Nuremburg defence for more.
    Is their God the abstract, ineffable of liberal, nonliteralist Christians? Then how can we know what His meaning is, and what He wants from us?
    There are so many different Christian Gods and Christian faiths that it is ridiculous to even suggest that there is one objective to interpret meaning in the Christian context.

  • ThaneOfDrones

    If morality is only a relative social construct…

    Who ever said that it was? There are other answers to the question of morality than absolutism and complete relativism. One reason humans share some moral values is that we share several billion years of evolutionary history with other humans.
    Is killing and eating a partner after sex moral? Almost all humans would agree that it is not, but mantises and spiders might disagree.

    Is killing all the offspring of a new mate moral? Most humans would agree that it is not, but it is commonplace in the world of lions.
    We are not mantises. We are not lions. We are not lobsters. We tend to share values more closely with others of our own species that with those who are not of our own species. Some of the cause for this is biological, and not completely relative.

  • ThaneOfDrones

    Absolutism.

    Most of these questions are of a similar vein; if morals/meaning/etc. are not absolute/ultimate/objective/eternal/infinite, then they are nothing.

    If someone hits you with this line of thinking, ask them to take out their wallet and count the money they have. Is that money infinite? Is its value eternal? No? Well then, it can have no value whatsoever to them. Insist that the money will be valued by you, and so they should give that money to you.
    Will $10 feed me for eternity? No. Will it even feed me for a lifetime? No. But it will buy me lunch today, and that shows that it has actual value even though it is neither infinite nor eternal.

  • ThaneOfDrones
  • ThaneOfDrones

    It is the ultimate extension of “my X is bigger than yours”

  • Sandra

    I think you nailed it.

  • Sandra

    I like your answer about the money.
    A theist (online) once asked me questions of a similar vein recently about life being meaningless if it is not infinite, and my answer was something like, ‘well, an orgasm is not eternal, and that is the very reason it is so meaningful. Just imagine, if orgasms WERE eternal, orgasms would become absolutely meaningless- eternally orgasming would just be the default state for everyone.
    I also mentioned how the thought of having a BETTER life waiting for me after this one cheapens THIS life (the only one we KNOW we have).
    I put it this way, if I believed that if I performed all my wifely duties to my current husband, that there would be an even BETTER husband waiting for me afterwards, do you think I would appreciate my current husband?
    What if I thought my husband was the only one I would ever have?

  • Albionic American

    A logically possible god could have created human life without meaning, purpose, moral standards or a promise of ultimate justice. Christians just came up with this wish list and presented it to their idea of a god for basically selfish reasons.

  • Albionic American

    How do Christians think this works, any way? Does a Christian wake up one morning and perversely decide to have a meaningless life from then on by becoming an atheist?

    Or does he instead realize that the Christian theory of the meaning of life makes no sense, so that the meaning of life becomes an open question?

  • I liked Darren Aronofsky’s version better.

  • Raging Bee

    11 Questions For Atheists That Will Surely Make You Cringe

    You forgot to add “No. 5 Will Shock You!”

  • Brianna LaPoint

    Interesting questions. From my own experience, i like listening to atheists even though i dont agree with them. it is a matter of perspective, experience, and environment. If you look at the history of beliefs, Atheism probably didnt come about since the dawn of man. I find that curious. However, just because i dont agree with them does not mean one cannot be civil to those they disagree with.

  • Jon Barendse

    At first I thought this was a list of soft pitch questions intentionally phrased poorly to be easy to answer from an atheist perspective. Seeing that someone actually thought that these questions, phrased the way they are, would be good attacks on atheism is pretty depressing. The original writer of them somehow managed to miss that there’s only like two questions here?

  • Jon Barendse

    I’ll note that I apparently skipped straight to the first question rather than reading the very beginning to see that the source of the questions is right there. My bad.

  • roberto quintas

    Yes, christian questions suck. But it’s very common atheist responses being not logical. I have several examples of that.

  • Mary Hanna

    These are repulsive questions. They all show a strange lack of empathy for others.

  • Goldarn

    God forbid you should state even one of these illogical atheist responses.

  • Joe

    You are unlikely to get more than a clipped, vague generalization from this poster, if my brief reading of his posts is any indication.

  • roberto quintas

    oh, well… I have already did. that sounds your God is not making a good service.

  • Erik1986

    I want pumpkin cheesecake? You make????

  • Ann Kah

    Sorry, we have changed seasons when you weren’t looking. It’s mince pie or nothing.

  • Erik1986

    Okay. Plum pudding with brandy sauce?

  • Jane Ravenswood

    with these questions, some Christians really do show just how much they don’t think about anything at all. They rely on willful ignorance and fear.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Atheism has been around since the first person claimed an invisible magic person did something and someone else said “I don’t believe you.”