August 29, 2011
I don’t mind somebody borrowing my tools from time to time, but what makes me angry is when they borrow them and then refuse to bring them back. Imagine approaching a friend and/or neighbor, the same one to whom you graciously loaned one of your tools, and then hearing him deny you not only the possession of your own tool but the fact that he borrowed it from you in the first place.
That is what happens in the growing battle between modern American atheists and the “believing” public when atheists lay claim to those human qualities that set human beings apart from the animal kingdom – morality and the language associated with its reality.
The point is, atheists are conceptual thieves and the fact that some will be angered by this little opinion piece only confirms it. Of course, I know that even atheists are incurably moral creatures because that is the way God created man in the first place. They just can't help themselves, in fact. They, like the rest of us, are bound to a sense of right and wrong and their incurable use of moral language shows it.
Essentially, and just like any religious man or woman you might meet, they really can’t help themselves when it comes to moral judgment either, but the problem emerges when they exclude the existence of God in the process, losing, quite significantly, the logical basis for the very moral judgments they try to make. I know that is a mouth-full, but it amounts to the “borrowing”of those ideas, language, and values that belong to believers only, and according to consistent atheists, that aren't supposed to be there in the first place. They borrow our Christian morality and our Christian language with the intent of making our world a better place, morally speaking, of course – another “borrowed” idea.
The infamous atheist, Richard Dawkins, abhorring the theistic mindset so prevalent in the US, has gone on record in calling the perpetuation of the Christian worldview as child abuse and doing so as if child abuse is, well, immoral. For someone who doesn’t believe in right or wrong, the idea sure enters his conversation a lot.
The problem with such moral assessments by atheists is the lack of a logical basis for making them. If God really doesn't exist and human beings nothing more than a conglomeration of physical properties, as complex as they may be, then there should be no plaguing moral code hanging over our heads. Morality is what society, of any particular time or type, says it is. That means that if a woman of some ancient culture believed it morally permissible to, like the infamous black widow spider, kill her mate after, well, you know – mating - then the atheist has no logical basis upon which to condemn her actions at all. They may disagree with what she did or even dislike it, but they have no actual grounds for saying that it is morally wrong in any absolute sense whatsoever.
Morality can't exist in a world like the one the atheist purports. A purely natural world is devoid of those qualities we usually call mind, thought, choice, all necessary precursors to morality itself; and like Dawkins said on another occasion, there is no such thing as right or wrong, we simply dance to our DNA. According to him, men and women are mere pawns of their genetic makeup.
If atheists are right then we are determined at best, and even if we think we aren’t determined, we are simply determined to think we’re not (Stephen Hawking). These are the same atheists who, because Christians have a problem with the atheistic message or want the steal beams found in the World Trade Center wreckage in the form of a cross placed in the 9/11 museum, call us “bigoted,” as if “bigotry” is, well, wrong – a moral conclusion based on a theistic assumption that they, again, “borrowed” from folk who believe in God generally and the God of the Bible particularly.
Atheists have no tools of their own, not really, but seem rather content using the moral ideas and language they hijacked from a biblical view of man and his world. We have a word for people who regularly steal and the fact that atheists get angry when I suggest that they are thieves, only makes my point for me.