Questions tagged [atheism]

belief that there is no God or gods.

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How do we know the unmoved mover for any given change must be singular and lack potential?

I've finished with Ed Feser's treatment of Aquinas' First way in Aquinas, but he did not satisfactorily (or intelligibly for me) address my question: How do we know the unmoved mover for any given ...
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How does Catholic Church deal with priests who have since turned atheists?

The other day, media brought up the news of Rev. Vosper who does not believe in God, but has been allowed to administer in the United Protestant Church of Canada. A Canadian Preacher Who Doesn’t ...
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Guidelines for “becoming” a believer, according to the Catholic Church

This might sound like an odd question, but I hope it's on-topic. Say an atheist/agnostic approaches you and asks, "how can I get to believe in God?". Out of instinct/experience, you can say things ...
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What are the various beliefs about the fate of honest atheists?

Some atheists (or any explicit denier of Christian truth) claim that their disbelief in Christianity is an honest one, viz. if they had put their faith in Christ they would be lying to themselves and ...
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How is praying understood within the “Death of God” theology?

Theologians like Hamilton and Altizer defend a "secular Theology" that tries to banish the Deus ex machina of traditional Theism. So far so good, but how does one pray before God etsi Deus non ...
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If faith is a gift from God, and atheists (might) go to hell, is God ultimately willing to send atheists to hell? (Catholic perspective)

Premise 1: Faith is a gift from God. So says St. Thomas Aquinas here. Also, according to the Dogmatic Constitution of the Catholic Church De Fide Catholica Et De Ecclesia Christi: ... the Catholic ...
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Atheist Arguments [closed]

Has there ever been an atheistic argument for why Christianity? I've heard arguments about the "inconsistencies" and "divinity of Jesus" and etc. but I've never seen one that tries to explain why a ...
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The Biblical God and the Kalam Cosmological Argument

The Kalam Cosmological Argument comprises of the following three premises: Whatever begins to exist must have a cause. The universe began to exist. Therefore the universe has a cause. If we assume ...
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Will Agnostics and Atheists go to Hell? (Catholic)

Does it state anywhere in the Catholic Doctrine that non-believers and doubters will go to hell?
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What is the biblical basis for allowing atheists to speak openly and freely in society?

Theonomy is a view held by some Christians which argues that the Mosaic law should be applied in modern society. One of the things that some proponents of this view argue for is that atheists should ...
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Is there a scriptural support for “man are ‘half animal, half angel’”? [closed]

The Philosopher and Critic of Christianity Ludwig Feuerbach wrote: “My only wish…is to transform friends of God into friends of man, believers into thinkers, devotees of prayer into devotees of ...
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Is the Christian concept of “redemption” meaningless apart from God? [closed]

Does religion own the idea of "redemption" as it appears in Christian theory? Is there space for the idea of "redemption" in atheism? Or does the term become meaningless (i.e. untranslatable) ...
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What proportion of Christians worldwide identify as Christian for social/cultural reasons rather than religious conviction?

In 2007 survey showed that only half of the French who identify themselves as Catholics believed in God. Some respondents indicated that for them, Catholicism involves a social or cultural identity ...
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Why do non believers hate being confronted with the truth? [closed]

As I understand the bible those who do not accept Jesus into their hearts go to hell. I understand it's more than just being a "christian", you actually have to have this relationship with god. And ...
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How do you equate Christian teachings with certain worldly(non Christian) achievements/attitudes? [closed]

So there are wars/conflicts raging on all around the world, that would be compatible with Biblical teachings, 'the lost worldly people, dead in sin and unable to do anything good' etc, I would assume. ...
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Where does the idea that you cannot conceive of light until you see it come from? [closed]

A friend of mine is an atheist. I told him that his disbelief is an effect of his ignorance and gave him an example. So I told him to imagine a person, who was born and lived all his life in a dark ...
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Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community? [closed]

Due to family issues, I have come to distance people from me, mainly because the family issues made me a rough person and I am not "easy" to hang around. For the same reasons, I was never close to the ...
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Does the Bible ever mention atheism and where? [duplicate]

Not necessarily the actual word as such. Mostly people are described as chasing after other gods. What about no gods?
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Why did Pope Francis tell atheists “just be good”? [duplicate]

“Just do good and we’ll find a meeting point,” The Pope I don't think just being good gets you in heaven. Is the Pope singling out atheists to rethink how to win them over? Is he waiting for the ...
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Do Pope Francis' recent comments on atheism represent a change in doctrine?

Pope Francis made some recent comments in a letter, which are being summarized in headlines like, "Pope Francis tells atheists to abide by their own consciences." Does the full context of the Pope'...
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What are typical Christian responses to The Grand Inquisitor?

Upon reading this chapter in the Brothers Karamazov I find myself confused as to why The Grand Inquisitor is considered to be such a powerful argument for atheism and against theodicy. What are ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for a Good person going to hell simply for not believing?

The scenario is as follows: Believer, average life, many mistakes/sins. Asks forgiveness and tries everyday to be better. Goes to heaven. Non-believer, better life than the believer, fewer mistakes ...
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Where does one draw the line between spritiual attack and spiritual defense? [closed]

I recently uploaded a picture to Facebook in the style of the KEEP CALM posters, which said "KEEP CALM, JESUS IS COMING". I knew before I posted it that I would likely receive spiritual attack from ...
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How do we argue when someone posits a non-causal universe

So, I've been thinking about apologetics recently, and I've come to a rather nasty knot which I've not been able to unwind. It is relatively easy to get from the idea, "there must have been a first ...
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An open atheist's fate in the middle ages in Europe

What would happen to me if, while living in Europe, say, in the 13th or in the 15th century – in fact, in any time of the existence of the Roman Catholic Church before the Reformation – I openly ...
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Are there any studies on why some doubters quit faith and others double-down on it? [closed]

Every person comes to moments when they question what they believe. For me, I was born into a fundamentalist Christian home, came to doubt that worldview, and after lots of soul searching and ...
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Are there any atheists in the Bible?

Do any people in the Bible self identify as atheists? Or are they all theists, differing in which god they follow? Apparently at least some atheists existed, since David had heard of them: The ...
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What is a “non-theistic” Christian?

The comments to this response suggest that there is such a thing as a Christian who does not believe in God. To me, that is rather contradictory, sort of like social networking without all of the ...
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What's the main logical basis that is put forth by those Christians who don't believe in the existence of God?

What's the main logical or doctrinal basis that is put forth by those Christians who don't believe in the existence of God? I mean, in the Bible Jesus spoke of God the Father many times, so how do ...
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Do Catholics view atheism as a sin?

Are there any passages in the Holy Bible or any Catholic doctrine saying that it is a sin to be an atheist? Please, don't refer to me any Biblical assertion where it is stated that you should follow ...
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Should a Christian read books known to be heretical / blasphemous / against Christianity? [closed]

Inspired by: May Christians read self improvement books? May we read un-Christian books? Should we? In what circumstances? What guidelines should be used to decide on this? Some examples of books ...
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What happens to non-believers or believers of other religions after death? [closed]

What happens (according to Christians) to people who specificially rejected the idea of God, the Bible and the christian teachings after they die? Is there a difference to people who believed in ...
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Is it possible for an atheist to be moral? [closed]

This question is one that hasn't been hit (although it's been approached). Is it possible for a person to not believe in God but live according to a moral standard? Or is belief in God a ...
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Can an atheist go to heaven? [closed]

The question of who goes to heaven and who to hell seems to result in very different answers depending on which tradition the Christian answering belongs to. Some traditions, especially evangelical ...
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Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists? [closed]

The title is a bit tongue in cheek, but according to Christianity, is it necessarily right to have to make arguments starting from atheism? It seems obvious to me that God exists. However, in both ...