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Why Atheism Is Bad Morality

Robot: "Please don't kill me!"

“Please don’t kill me!”

Imagine this scenario: you are participating, for a small fee, in an experiment in which you are paired with a robot to play a game against a computer. The robot, given the very creative name Robbie, can both hear and speak, and in fact, has a pleasant personality. So, as the two of you play the game, you also chat, and get to know one another pretty well. In fact, you grow to like Robbie.

Then, the researcher tells you the experiment is over. Your last task, he says, is to turn a switch that will turn your robot friend off. Immediately, Robbie cries out, “No! Please don’t do that. If you turn me off, everything I am disappears – all my personality, all my memories. If you turn that switch, you’ll be killing me. Please, don’t do it!”

What will you do? It’s your job to turn Robbie off – to “kill” it. But Robbie, a teammate you’ve worked with and conversed with as if it was a person, is begging for its “life.” Yet you know that in reality it’s only a soulless machine. It’s pleading not to be turned off simply because that’s what it’s been programmed to do.

How do you think you would react in this situation. Well, it probably won’t surprise you to know that this experiment has actually been done. People have been put into exactly this circumstance, and their reaction tells us a lot about the morality of atheism.

You see, atheism tells us that we are all Robbies – nothing more than biological machines programmed by evolution and our environment. According to atheism, there is no such thing as a soul, so obviously we are as soulless as Robbie is. In fact, atheism cannot delineate any way in which human beings are fundamentally different from robots or computers. And that means that whatever we might choose to do to Robbie, even to shutting it off as it begs for its life, we can just as legitimately do to a human being.

That’s why the widespread acceptance of atheism would have a staggering impact on all our concepts of morality.

You can read more about the “Robbie” experiment and what it demonstrates about the morality of atheism in my article: Why Morality Requires Faith In God

Additional articles in this series:

How did the universe begin? Science and Faith agree

Atheism is Bad News

Atheism is Bad Science  (Atheists Disregard Scientific Evidence of God)

Atheism is Bad Philosophy

Ron Franklin

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Why Atheism Is Bad Science

Boeing 747

Boeing 747

British astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle, the scientist who coined the term “Big Bang” to describe what has become the scientific consensus regarding how the universe began, had this to say about current theories:

The current scenario of the origin of life is about as likely as the assemblage of a 747 by a tornado whirling through a junkyard.

Yet that’s exactly the kind of story atheists would have us believe as the explanation for how a complex yet orderly universe came into being with no Creator, and by pure chance.

Atheists often assume that they are hard-headed rational thinkers, while theists, people who believe in God, are guided in their beliefs strictly by blind faith rather than logic. Thus, they think, there is a fundamental clash between science, founded on logic, and theism, which they see as based on blind faith.

The truth is, however, that science itself is the product of faith in God. For example, Johannes Kepler, who formulated the laws of planetary motion and is lauded by NASA as the father of the scientific method, characterized his scientific investigations as simply “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.”

You can read more about this in my article:

    Atheists Disregard Scientific Evidence of God

Additional articles in this series:

How did the universe begin? Science and Faith agree

Why Morality Requires Faith In God

Atheism is Bad News

Atheism is Bad Philosophy

Ron Franklin

Why Atheism Is Bad News

Mark Twain

Atheist Mark Twain

Atheists are becoming very aggressive in their efforts to recruit people to their faith.

In fact, they are engaging more and more in the kind of outreach that if done by Christians, would be called evangelism. But, although they are definitely proselytizing, what atheists do cannot be called evangelism at all.

That’s because “evangelizing” has to do with proclaiming “good news” – the good news of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Whatever else the atheist message may be, good news it’s not.

Those who believe what atheism asserts lose out in every way – both in this life and in the life to come. The sociological data demonstrate that those who have a living faith in God enjoy a better quality of life in the here and now, plus the promise of eternal life when this life is over. Atheism can offer only a worse life now, and oblivion when you die.

For atheists and those who believe them, there is no good news!

You can read about this in greater detail in my article: Atheism is Bad News

Additional articles in this series:

Atheism is Bad Science  (Atheists Disregard Scientific Evidence of God)

Atheism is Bad Morality  (Why Morality Requires Faith In God)

Atheism is Bad Philosophy

How the Universe Began

Ron Franklin