This is just a group of 4 questions I came across a while ago in my discussions with theists. Feel free to answer them yourselves it would be interesting to see what others come up with.
1. Why is there something rather than nothing?
I’ve always thought it strange that almost every theist I’ve ever had a discussion with asks this question. Why do they think that atheists
have an answer to this question? I know theists have an answer: god. My answer
is simple; I don’t know. Maybe the universe came from nothing? Maybe the
universe has always existed in some state or another? Maybe the answer is
something we haven’t yet been able to conceive of? Maybe the answer is impossible to know? Maybe
an intelligent civilization in another or prior or dying universe caused this
universe to begin? As intellectually fascinating as this question is at times
it really has no bearing on my practical life whatsoever. The fact is I’m here
and I’m going to be here until I’m not. While I’m here, I like practically
everyone else on this planet, would really like to make the best of it.
2. Is there any ultimate purpose? If so how do you reconcile your atheism with that?
I don’t think that the universe or life began with any ultimate purpose. Purpose is defined as the reason which something exists. I
think we can give ourselves or others or certain objects purpose but in the
grand scheme of things the universe exists because it can not for any ultimate
3. Were you raised in a religious environment? Do you think that had any impact and how?
I wasn’t raised in a particularly religious environment however religion played enough of a role in my life for me to think that people
were supposed to be religious. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me.
Eventually I came to realize that there was nothing wrong with me and that’s
when I finally embraced my atheism. (As much as you can really embrace a lack
of a belief anyways.)
4. End all goal of atheism activism? What is the end all goal of atheism activism and does it serve any ultimate purpose.
Atheism is the lack of a belief in god or gods so what is there to be activist about? The answer that comes to mind is that atheists are
activist about the same things that anyone could be activist about. Many of us
are activist about secularism, about the free flow of knowledge, about being
treated equally under the law, about the attempted marginalization of certain
scientific theories by people who know little about science, about treating the
environment better than a dump, about our rights as human beings, about beliefs
being reality based and so on. The goal of atheists being activist is the same
goal as anyone who is being activist. It’s to get their views recognized, convince
others of their views, and perhaps get a view recognized by the law.