No Afterlife, No Purpose?

Question from Josh: Do you have a purpose in your life without there being a possible god? If so what is it and what good is it without an afterlife? Answer by SmartLX: Andrea wrote about purpose in a previous answer, but I don’t think I’ve had my chance yet. First, I’ve never said there … Continue reading “No Afterlife, No Purpose?”

What is the purpose of atheism?

Question from Jai: Given that theism has well documented goals and purported benefits. What do you see as the Purpose of opposing the premise on which these are based? This is aimed specifically at The Weak Atheist given that he allows for the possibility of in his view the lessor probable prevailing. Answer by SmartLX: … Continue reading “What is the purpose of atheism?”

An Early Ticket To The Afterlife

Question from Douglas: Do people who commit suicide go to heaven? Just watched the movie “The Discovery” on Netflix. Answer by SmartLX: Obviously The Discovery is a science fiction story, not a documentary, but like all good sci-fi it’s intended to provoke people to think about the real world and where we’re headed. Besides, (MILD … Continue reading “An Early Ticket To The Afterlife”

The Targets of Atheists

Question from Frank: Why do atheists always talk about how Christians are fake, but never mention Islam as a really fake religion? Answer by SmartLX: Atheists have all the same reasons to deny and oppose Islam as they do Christianity, but they will naturally challenge religion in the form in which it appears in their … Continue reading “The Targets of Atheists”

If this is the best apologetics Islam has to offer…

Question from Abu (“Muslim until death”, as he wrote in the name field): I always feel pity for the stubbornness (to believe in Allah/God/Elohim/Ubangiji) of/by Atheists. Thus I have a lot of questions to harden your brain (and if Allah wills for you goodness; you may take heed). 1) First of all: Why do you … Continue reading “If this is the best apologetics Islam has to offer…”

Breaking Down NDEs by Cause

Question from Marcus: Does this disprove the hypoxia theory for NDEs? http://skeptiko.com/critique-of-skeptics-guide-249/ Answer by SmartLX: A quick search on this topic makes it apparent we’ve wandered into a battlefield. The hypoxia hypothesis has been viciously attacked elsewhere as well, always with the express purpose of legitimising claims of near death experiences. The core issue is … Continue reading “Breaking Down NDEs by Cause”

Hope Is A Plentiful Thing

Question from Jun: This may be similar to a question already asked about dealing with adversity, but I feel it is sufficiently different to stand on its own: How does an atheist overcome thoughts of despair, of giving up, even suicide, when things look hopeless? Christians turn to passages in Scripture or to prayer. I … Continue reading “Hope Is A Plentiful Thing”

Genesis, Flourishing and Other Course Questions

Question from Jordan: How might an Atheist answer these questions regarding human nature, purpose and flourishing…what does it mean for humans to flourish, how do they achieve spiritual, emotional and mental well-being? What are the consequences of the Fall of human nature (Gen 3)? What is revealed of human nature (from Gen 1-2)? Answer by … Continue reading “Genesis, Flourishing and Other Course Questions”

“There is NO WAY I could have known that.”

Question from James: I’ve been a believer since childhood but recently I’ve started to ask myself whether I truly believe in Christianity or not. I find the arguments against it very compelling, but I have seen and heard a few things that I can’t find any explanations, except the work of a God. First, I’ve … Continue reading ““There is NO WAY I could have known that.””

Nothing, Something, Everything

Question from Niki: Hi, it’s me again, with my ORIGIN OF MATTER IN EMPTY SPACE question. Or not so empty, even before the big-bang. I tried again googling the question with some other words, like what caused the big-bang, why then and not sooner or later, and how did the matter in whatever is called … Continue reading “Nothing, Something, Everything”